Poetic Techniques

Poetry Forms, Techniques & Structure

Poetry takes words, memories, feelings and perspectives and transforms them into an art form. If you have an interest in writing poetry, but aren't sure where to start, remember that much can be learned from reading poetry written by famous poets. Besides reading as much poetry as possible, there are also quite a few poetic techniques you should know to write poems that allow you to express yourself in an artful way. Studying said techniques will help you to make the leap between poetry student and poet.

Rhyming Patterns, Personification and Emotion in poetry


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  1. Try It Yourself - Poem Templates

    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.

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  3. Poem Templates About Animals And Nature

    Science Mentor Texts

    Below are some poems from Family Friend Poems that can be used as mentor texts. These poems were used as inspiration to create templates for others to use to create their own similar poem. Using these examples can be a springboard for classroom assignments about science, or they can be used to enhance your own writing experience.

    Animal Description

    Studying animals or find them fascinating? This one is for you. Pick you favorite animal or one that is being studied to write a poem that includes characteristics about that particular animal.

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  4. Social Studies Poems Using Mentor Texts

    A mentor text is a text that is used as an example of good writing. Many times these texts can be springboards for you to use to ignite your own creativity and write a piece that has been inspired by someone else's writing.


    These three poems share a snapshot into a person's life. Use these examples to help you create your own poems that capture the events of someone's life.

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  6. Stanzas - Couplet, Tercet And Quatrain

    Just like other forms of writing, poetry needs to be organized. Stanzas provide a structure for that organization. Each stanza is made up of a varying number of lines, just like paragraphs are made up of sentences. Each line can be a phrase or complete sentence, depending on the format of the poem. When put together in a stanza, these lines convey a larger idea.

    Many poets use one of these common formats to create stanzas. Certain types of poems also use a combination of them.

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  7. Rhyme Schemes And Patterns In Poetry

    While not all poems rhyme, some follow a certain rhyming scheme, adding to the rhythm of the poem. The last word of each line is what we look at when discussing a rhyme scheme.

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  8. Structure In Poetry

    The structure of a poem refers to the way it is presented to the reader. This could include technical things such as the line length and stanza format. Or it could include the flow of the words used and ideas conveyed.

    Line length shows the reader how it should be read. Short lines are usually read faster, with more emotion. Longer lines slow down the pace of a poem. Choosing appropriate line breaks gives a reader a chance to take a natural breath.

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  10. How To Start Writing A New Poem

    Writing Prompts

    Do you want to write a poem but need an idea to get you started?

    Give one of these writing prompts a try. It's all about being creative. Don't worry if you poem seems silly. It might be just the writing exercise you need in order to spark another idea.

  11. Five Senses In Poetry

    Taste, touch, sight, smell, and hearing.

    Your five senses help you take in information from the world around you. These senses are also a powerful tool to use when you're writing. They help convey a message to readers by providing a strong image in their heads.

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  12. Free Verse Poems

    Examples Of Free Verse Poems

    How Do I Write A Free Verse Poem?

    Since free verse poems do not follow any rules, their creation is completely in the hands of the author. The author chooses how to use techniques such as rhyming, syllable count, stanzas, line length, etc. Some of these poems follow natural speech patterns, while others use shortened or extended lines to convey thoughts and emotions.

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  13. Personification In Poetry

    What Is Personification?

    Personification is when you give human attributes (characteristics) to objects that are not human. In many cases, the objects are not alive.

    Why Use Personification?

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