Poetry: How To Write a Better, More Creative Poem

AMae Mar 21, 2008 Other
If you’re a writer, then at some point you must have had tried writing poetry. Have you written a poem? Who says you can’t write a poem? Anyone can learn how to write a poem.


How To Write a Better, More Creative Poem

You can try these poetry strategies:

  1. Brainstorm. Choose a theme and a sort of ‘thesis' for your poetry. Determine the best style, or form of poetry you would be using - A free-verse? How about a sonnet? Formulate a plot or succession (unless you already are an expert in free writing).
  2. Use the Simple Present Tense. Using this sentence tense often eliminates minimal words in writing poetry.
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  3. Write in a narrative approach. Story-tell. Craft a poem that is nearer to your heart.
  4. Be certain to use remarkable imagery. Set the scene and weave vivid descriptions. Let your poetry be seen.
  5. Apply the Figures of Speech:
    • Simile. Make simple comparisons using the words ‘like' or ‘as...' or more stylish comparison phrases as ‘similar to,' ‘akin to,' ‘resembling,' ‘in the vein of,' or ‘reminiscent of.'
    • Metaphor. Create comparisons without using the words ‘like' or ‘as...as' or other comparison words.
    • Metonymy. Substitute a word for another word. For instance, "The crown failed."
    • Personification. ‘Personify' or portray objects or animals as if they possess characteristics typical only of persons.
    • Hyperbole. Exaggerate. "Make a mountain out of a molehill. "
    • Allusion. Cite well-known literary events or prominent figures.
    • Paradox. Form contradictory lines.
    • Oxymoron. Construct incongruous statements using unseemly adjectives or nouns.
  6. Maintain the classic "Art of Poetry" elements:
    • Rhythm and Meter. Create cadence in writing poetry. Arrange the number of syllables used per line.
    • Rhyme. Use homonyms or words with same sounding end-syllables at the end of the lines.
    • Onomatopoeia. Let your readers hear your poem. Write some sounds.
    • Alliteration. Favor some words with the same first letters.
    • Recurrence of words. Reiterate a word or words all throughout your poem.
    • Repetition of lines. Repeat lines consecutively or non-consecutively.
  7. Feature the other senses of the body. Manifest sensations of taste, smell, and touch.
  8. Lastly, be inspired.

Now write!


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gailcowpe on Jul 6, 2010
i have wrote two poems about losing my dog and it came straight from my heart. here is just a snippet of what i wrote. i would like to get it published.
shawn leach on Sep 5, 2009
this is not wat i wanted
ashley on Mar 12, 2012
then what did you want
Monica Sappleton on Jan 7, 2009
This is excellent. Thank you for these tips. Monica.
Monica Sappleton on Jan 7, 2009
This is excellent. Thank you 4 these tips. Monica.
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