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Write a Poem

Everyone can enjoy poetry. Writing a poem not only puts you in touch with your creative side but is a really, healthy way of expressing all kinds of emotions, good or bad!

Take some time out from what can be a very long day during lockdown and put pen to paper. Afterwards, you might even like to share it with someone.

Types of poetry

Poetry can either be narrative (tells a story) or lyrical (expresses the poet’s feelings and observations).

  1. Narrative example:
    “The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe.
    View poem
  2. Lyrical example:
    I wandered lonely as a cloud ” by William Wordsworth.
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Poem Basics

1. The form of your poem is its physical structure. Each form has different requirements (rhyme, line length, number of lines). Check out the different forms below and see which form might appeal to you most.

  • Sonnet – A short, rhyming poem of 14 lines
  • Haiku  A poem of 3 lines where the first is 5 syllables, the middle is 7 syllables, and the last is 5.
  • Acrostic  the first letter of each line of your poem spells a word that fits with what the poem’s about
  • Limerick – a five-line witty poem with the first, second, and fifth lines rhyme as do the other two with each other.
  • Epic – a long narrative poem celebrating adventures or the achievements of heroes.
  • Couplet – a part of a poem or stand alone as a poem of two lines that rhyme.
  • Free verse – no rules and is freely written poetry

2. Imagery helps to appeal to the senses and is a great way of expressing things that would otherwise be difficult. Actually, the more imagery in a poem, the better the reader can connect with it.

3. Sound matters. Listen to how your poem sounds when you read it out loud. Rhyming can help make it flow well, as does the repetition of a vowel (e.g. yellow wedding bell) and alliteration (repetition of a consonant at the beginning of words).

4. Create meaningful poetry so that your reader will feel something when they read it.

Get started

Watch this tutorial to help get you going, especially if you’re a beginner. Best of luck!

How to Write a Poem for Beginners
Source: YouTube

By Ciara Foskin

Hi! I've been creating content for many years for all sorts of companies, big and small! I enjoy writing the odd poem in my spare time and am an avid music fan, karaoke enthusiast, food lover and adventurer

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