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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. Become A Romantic: Write Seasonal Poetry

    Could you be a Romantic Poet?

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  4. 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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  6. How To Interest Your Child In Poetry

    Introducing Poetry to Kids



    We know that it is beneficial to read poetry with our children, but how can we instill a love of poetry in them from a young age? Children love to play, so the trick is to make poetry a game too. Here are some great ideas to get your child interested in poetry. They would also work really well in the elementary school classroom!

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  7. 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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  8. Create A Book Spine Poem

    Creating book spine poems are a fun and creative way to craft a poem without having to write down any words. They are created by stacking books on top of each other until a poem emerges.Go to your local library, or pull off a handful of books from your own shelf at home. Stack the books on top of each other, and read the titles from top to bottom. Each title becomes a different line of the poem. Arrange the books in an order that most appeals to you, and feel free to replace book titles that aren’t working well into your poem.

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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. Recite To A Child

    Read A Poem To A Child


    The importance of reading aloud to children is stressed more and more. It is at the core of putting children on the path to success. Even though a child might be too young to verbally respond when a book is read aloud, it’s still extremely important for their language development.

    Parents should not only read aloud stories, reading aloud poetry is also encouraged and has many benefits.

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  13. 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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