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. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  6. Common Spelling And Grammar Mistakes In Poetry

    You want your poetry to be a reflection of who you are. You want people to take it seriously. You want it to be as perfect as can be, right? If so, the biggest thing you can do is take time to read through it before making it public. Make sure the words are arranged in a way that makes sense. Make sure you take the time to proofread what you have crafted. A sloppy poem will be overlooked by your readers.

    You will find some examples of common mistakes that have been seen in people's work. Some may be an innocent oversight on the author's part. Others might be a reflection of a sloppy author. Either way, learn from these so you don't make the same mistakes.

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  7. Poetry Writing Prompts

    Poetry Prompts - Creative Ideas For Writing Poetry

    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.

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  8. 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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  10. Write A Structured Poem

    Structured Poem Forms And Template Examples

    Structured poems are poems that provide a specific format to follow. They are perfect for those who need a little more help forming a poem. They can easily be implemented in classrooms, no matter the age of the students. Even the youngest of students are able to craft their own poems with the guidance of a teacher.

    Before assigning these poems to your students, we encourage you to experiment with the forms as well. You might not see yourself as a poet, but teachers who write help their students become writers who are more willing to share their work.

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  11. Poetic Forms

    Poetic Forms - Types Of Poems

    Poetry comes in a variety of forms. Some forms have more structure than others. Some follow rules that have to do with rhyming, syllables, repetition, etc. Others are an expression that are fully in the hands of the author.

    Explore these common forms, and give them a try.

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  12. 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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  13. How To Write A Haiku

    Haiku Poem Examples And Definition

    Haiku is probably the most well-known form of traditional Japanese poetry. Its short structure and aphorism-like nature has inspired countless people to put their pen on the paper – or their fingers on the keyboard. A well-written haiku is a great example of the art of conveying much while saying very little. Therefore, writing haiku is very good exercise to all aspiring poets; even those who rather stick to their sonnets or free verse.

    The three aspects of haiku

    If your goal is to write a haiku that follows all the conventions of a traditional haiku, then there are three things you need to consider:

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