Poetic Techniques

Do you want to write a poem, but you’re unsure where to start? Give these poetry templates a try. Based off some poems on the site, these templates will give you the structure you need and the inspiration you crave.

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Beginner's Help For Writing Poems

Reading poems written by other people can inspire you to write similar ones. Maybe it's the theme that catches your attention. Maybe it's the structure. Maybe it's the humor. Whatever it is, don't be afraid to try your hand at following in the author's footsteps. To give you a nudge, we have crafted templates that have been inspired by poems on this website. They can be used for classroom use or for your own personal writing endeavors. Search these poems and find something that speaks to you. Then click on the PDF link to print out a document that will help you frame a similar poem that has your own flare added to it. It might help to have both the template and the completed poem side by side so you can refer back to how the author crafted the original. That might help if you get stuck. Get those creative juices flowing, and try something new.

A Haiku Year

© Paul Holmes JANUARY Delightful display Snowdrops bow their pure white heads To the sun's glory. FEBRUARY Fresh green buds appear Indicating spring will soon Energize us all. MARCH Lambs gambol in fields Frisky with the joys of life Bleating happily. APRIL Bluebells stand so proud Beneath trees so sparsely dressed Fresh green leaves unfold. MAY Much awaited sound Echoes heard amid dense trees Cuckoo has arrived. JUNE Parks and gardens burst With sounds and vibrant colours Perfect harmony. JULY Beaches become full Of families having fun In sand and big waves. AUGUST Ripe golden harvest Burning sun in azure skies Labours rewarded. SEPTEMBER Swallows congregate On telephone wires ready To migrate down south. OCTOBER Red and gold leaves fall, Crunchy as cornflakes beneath Feet on a crisp morn. NOVEMBER Frosty webs sparkle In the early morning sun Brightly bejewelled. DECEMBER First few flakes of snow Dust gardens like icing on A chocolate cake. Source: A Haiku Year by Paul Holmes To create your own "A Haiku Year," think of a way to describe each of the twelve months. For each month you will write a haiku, which is a 3 line poem that consists of 17 syllables. Line 1: 5 syllables Line 2: 7 syllables Line 3: 5 syllables Use these questions to help generate ideas: What important moment is celebrated each month? What is the season of that month? How would you describe nature each month? Download PDF-Try It Yourself ("A Haiku Year") Try It Yourself: ___________________________(5 syllables) ____________________________________(7 syllables) ___________________________(5 syllables) February ___________________________(5 syllables) ____________________________________(7 syllables) ___________________________(5 syllables) March ___________________________(5 syllables) ____________________________________(7 syllables) ___________________________(5 syllables) April ___________________________(5 syllables) ____________________________________(7 syllables) ___________________________(5 syllables) May ___________________________(5 syllables) ____________________________________(7 syllables) ___________________________(5 syllables) June ___________________________(5 syllables) ____________________________________(7 syllables) ___________________________(5 syllables) July ___________________________(5 syllables) ____________________________________(7 syllables) ___________________________(5 syllables) August ___________________________(5 syllables) ____________________________________(7 syllables) ___________________________(5 syllables) September ___________________________(5 syllables) ____________________________________(7 syllables) ___________________________(5 syllables) October ___________________________(5 syllables) ____________________________________(7 syllables) ___________________________(5 syllables) November ___________________________(5 syllables) ____________________________________(7 syllables) ___________________________(5 syllables) December ___________________________(5 syllables) ____________________________________(7 syllables) ___________________________(5 syllables)

That's Life

© Danny Joyce This life is a wonderful gift... Accept it, embrace it. It starts with a new day... Wake up and greet it. Life is a challenge... Take it head on, and meet it. Full of opportunity... Use it, don't waste it. This Life is a mystery... Unfold it, solve it. It starts with meaning... Wake up and understand it. Life is a goal... Take it head on, and achieve it. Full of promise...fulfill it, but keep it. This life is a tragedy... Face it, except it. It starts with pain... Wake up and help numb it. Life is a struggle... Take it head on and fight it. Full of sorrow...sorry, just over come it. This life is precious... Hold it, treasure it, It starts with hope... Wake up and feel it. Life is a choice... Take it head on, and make it. Full of knowledge... Use it, don't abuse it. This Life is adventurous... Enjoy it, explore it. It starts with a duty... Wake up and perform it. Life is love... Take it full on, and love it. Full of beauty... Praise it, and behold it. That life is life... Live it, learn and grow Life is good... Be good with all that you know. Source: That's Life by Danny Joyce Think about how you would describe life. What are the good and bad things we face in this world? What advice would you give someone to make the most of it? Brainstorm using these ideas, and then give this poem a try yourself. Download PDF-Try It Yourself ("That's Life") TRY IT YOURSELF:

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This life is (a) ______________________(noun or adjective)...____________(verb) it,_________________(verb)it. It starts with___________________________ ... wake up and_________________(verb) it. Life is a_______________________________________... Take it head on and___________________(verb) it. Full of___________________________________..._________________________________________________. This life is (a) _____________(noun or adjective)...________________(verb) it,____________(verb) it. It starts with ____________________________________ ... wake up and______________________(verb) it. Life is a _______________________________... Take it head on and___________________(verb) it. Full of _______...______________________. This life is (a) ______________(noun or adjective)_...________(verb)_it,__________(verb)it. It starts with __________________________________________ ... wake up and__________________________(verb) it. Life is a ________________________... Take it head on and___________________(verb)it. Full of ________________________________...___________________________________. That life is life... live it, learn and grow Life is good... be good with all that you know.

Four Words

© Sue Morton Despair. Falling deeper & deeper each day. Wondering what else I'll lose and wondering if it'll go away. Denial It's something I sometimes feel. That the pain I have inside could not possibly be real. Sadness. Not something that disappears despite what I wish for I have never ending tears. Blame. That's what I often do I will never forgive myself. My heart's permanently broken in two. These four simple words to describe my feelings inside. Wishing I could crawl into myself to stay forever and hide. There are days I wonder if these feelings will go. If it's possible for me to not feel so low. Source: Four Words by Sue Morton While this poem included emotions that come from a terrible event, you could also describe how you feel when something great happens. First, think of 4 words that best describe your emotions in that moment. Then think about what is happening because of those emotions or why you're experiencing them. Once you have started brainstorming, write your own version of this poem. Download PDF-Try It Yourself ("Four Words") TRY IT YOURSELF:

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Our Mother Earth

© Shweta Banerjee As I walk across the earth, thousands of things I get to see. Birds fly high, soaring higher, and on the flowers I hear the buzz of bees. The sun at the dawn, rises within the hills. Mountains covered with snow, shining like the crown of silver. And the waves touching the cliffs. The waterfall flowing down the green-blue mountains. Rivers forming a dream delta before entering the sea. And while walking on the beach at night, I feel the cool and sweet smelling breeze. The slashing sound still feels like the sound of love and peace. The moon over the sea, shining like a ball of gold. And in every step my eyes hold wonder. I bend on my knee to thank the mother earth, And is the truth. It's a great pleasure for me, to live in this wonderland. Source: Our Mother Earth by Shweta Banerjee Download PDF-Try It Yourself ("Our Mother Earth") TRY IT YOURSELF:

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As I walk across the earth, Thousands of things I get to see. ____________________________ (list an animal and what it does) And ____________________________ (list a plant and what's on it) ____________________________ (list a natural feature of earth) ____________________________ (describe the feature using figurative language) ____________________________ (list a natural feature of earth) ____________________________ (describe the feature using figurative language) ___________________________________ (list a natural feature of earth) _____________________________ (describe the feature using figurative language) And while walking on the beach at night, (or insert another place that is special) I feel the ____________________________________ The ______________________________________ sound still feels like (adjective) _________________________________ (abstract concept that the sound is compared to) ________________________________ (pick an object on the beach) __________________________________ (use a simile or metaphor to describe it) And in every step my eyes hold wonder. I bend on my knee To thank the mother earth, And is the truth. It's a great pleasure for me, To live in this wonderland.

Just Like

© Katherine Ayala Just like a glass my heart is broken Just like a star you light up my life Just like a rose that blooms it's beauty Just like the rain that never stops crying Just like another human being you let go of me Just like others you broke my heart Just like clouds you are soft Just like bullets that you shot into my heart Source: Just Like by Katherine Ayala In this poem, the author compares her situation to various objects. Our experiences in life can be compared to objects. For example, if someone is bright and cheery, we might compare her to a ray of sunshine. If someone is mean, we might compare those words to the hiss of a snake. This poem is all about using similes. To create your own, think about a particular person or situation in life. It could be good or bad. Think about words that describe that event. Now, what objects could be used to describe those moments? Download PDF-Try It Yourself ("Just Like") TRY IT YOURSELF: Just like ____________________________ (an object) ___________________________________________ (describe how the object pertains to the situation) Just like ____________________________ (an object) ____________________________________________ (describe how the object pertains to the situation) Just like ____________________________ (an object) _____________________________________________ (describe how the object pertains to the situation) Just like ____________________________ (an object) _____________________________________________ (describe how the object pertains to the situation) Just like ____________________________ (an object) _____________________________________________ (describe how the object pertains to the situation) Just like ____________________________ (an object) ____________________________________________ (describe how the object pertains to the situation) Just like ____________________________ (an object) ___________________________________________ (describe how the object pertains to the situation)

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