Starting Poetry

How to Write A Poem

Poetry has been around a long time and while the "Death of Poetry" is a phrase that is too common. We believe that poetry is filling the same needs that people have used poetry to fill for thousands of years. The poet is someone unafraid of facing the depth of their emotions and is willing to put them on paper for the public to view. Not everyone knows how to be so brave, but everyone can learn to do so. We all can learn to write poetry and become a better person through it. Are you looking to meet your inner self and your inner poet? We hope we can help you find the poet in you!

Learning How To Write Your Own Poems

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  1. Staged: Act Out A Poem

    How To Act Out Poetry

    Poetry originated even before writing, and the songs and stories which poets performed were the life-blood of early cultures. We often think of poems as emotional, and many poets find it hard to share their words because they write about such personal subjects. But not all poetry is about emotions, and there are many comedic and narrative poems which make great performances. Poetry is a living force that can be very powerful when we share it, both as a performance and as words on social media.

    So how can we capture the “life-force” of poetry? Here are some ideas for capturing the essence of poetry by acting out a poem. You could use these ideas to bring you closer to your family and friends, or to share the precious emotion of your words. They would also make great lesson ideas for the poetry classroom!

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  3. Try Performance Poetry

    Performing Poetry - How To Recite A Spoken Word Poem

    Most of us have recited a poem out loud at some point in our lives. It might have been for a school assignment or a for a special occasion, such as a friend’s birthday party. Or maybe you just wanted to read a poem out loud. But did you know that there is a lot of poetry out there that was never meant for the page, only for the stage?

    What is performance poetry


    Performance poetry is a term that can be used for all poetry that was written with the goal of being performed instead of being published in the written form. There are just about as many types of performance poetry as there are performers. Some poems sound like speeches or rants, with no apparent poetic structure or form. Others might incorporate rhymes and repetition to create a more distinguished reading rhythm. There are no rules – the only boundaries are set by your imagination.

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  4. Pocket A Poem!

    8 Ways To Participate In Poem In Your Pocket Day

    8 ways to celebrate Poem in Your Pocket Day

    Poem In Your Pocket Day is on April 27th 2017. It is a day that allows us to celebrate poems and to build a sense of community by sharing the powerful words of poets from all over the world.

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  6. Recite Poetry To A Pet: Inflection & Projection

    Creative Practice For Reciting A Poem



    In celebration of National Poetry Month and our 30 Days to Find the Poet in You campaign, we’ve come up with some fun exercises to get you into the spirit of creative expression.

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  7. Explore A New Poetry Form!

    Some people look at poetry as something they could never write. They think it’s too overwhelming to capture thoughts in concise lines, so they shy away from it, but there is a poetry form for everyone.There are forms that don’t worry about rhyme scheme, syllable count, stanzas, or number of lines. Then there are others that are much more structured, providing a needed challenge for some people. They could also provide the needed structure for those who don’t know where to begin when it comes to writing a poem.

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  8. More Poetry And Pets: Posture & Movement

    Tips For Practicing Reciting A Poem


    Hello again! We’re into the full swing of celebrating National Poetry Month here at Family Friend Poems, and we’re back with more fun exercises to get you into the spirit of creative expression! To help you through our Thirty Days to Find the Poet in You challenge, we’ve got more Reading to Your Pets exercises!

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  10. Library Events


    Libraries are not just places for books. They are also full of exciting events. Check out your local library to see what they are doing to celebrate National Poetry Month.

    If they do not have events scheduled, talk to the director to see if you can help them set up a night where people come to read aloud their favorite poems or poems they’ve written.

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  11. Poetry Printables For Poem In Your Pocket Day

    Poetry Templates


    Print a Template and write a poem


    To help you celebrate Poem in Your Pocket Day we've created these printable poem templates to help you write a poem. Once you've written your poem don't forget to share it friends and family.

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  12. Pictspiration! Try Photo-Inspired Poetry

    Write A Poem Inspired By A Picture

    They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Look through your phone, a magazine, or a website to find a picture that inspires you to write. It could be a picture of a landscape, an activity, a building, people, etc.Take a moment to observe everything about the picture.

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  13. Read A Poem Backward

    Most poems are read from top to bottom, but to switch it up, read it from bottom to top. Does the meaning or image change?If you’re a teacher, have your students compare and contrast the poem by reading it both ways.

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