Starting Poetry

Poetry is a form of creative writing that provides limitless options for the poet. A poem can be structured or unstructured. Either way, there are certain things you can do to craft a great poem.

Tips For Writing Better Poetry

Poetry is a unique genre of writing. While there are many forms of poetry that have certain specifications, poetry as a whole is a genre that allows a lot of author creativity. It doesn't have to be a daunting task. It can be a lot of fun if you embrace it.
  • Write what's on your heart. Be completely honest, and don't hold back. Poetry can be a way to release your emotions and work through the issues of life.
  • Don't force rhyming. Not all poems rhyme, and that's okay. It's better not to rhyme than to have the rhymes be forced or clich├ęd.
  • Make sure the poem flows. How does it sound when read aloud? Are you tripping over words? If so, see what you can reword or eliminate.
  • If you're having trouble forming your poem, put each line you want to include on an index card. You'll then be able to move them around to see how various placements work.
  • Write using various forms. It's okay to experiment and have a terrible poem. Experimenting might give you a fresh look into the world of poetry. You also might find something you really enjoy.
  • Use imagery. The use of vivid and descriptive language gives your reader a great picture. Use specific words, similes, metaphors, and personification to convey your ideas.
  • Don't forget your senses. Think about how your topic can be described using taste, touch, sight, sound, and smell.

  • Keep a notebook nearby to jot down ideas as they come to you. You can always go back and elaborate on them. Paging through a notebook of your thoughts is a great way to spark creativity.
  • Have fun!
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