How To: Write Poetry

Whether you need a break from your homework or you just can’t fathom the thought of being unable to speak how you feel, poetry may be a great way to do just that. You might even have an assignment in school to write poetry – as I have had in the past. There are many competitions featuring poetry writing for scholarships as well as contests to be publicized. Here are some tips you can use to write your own poems.

Tip One: Think Outside the Box

Poetry can inspire and create in us a new peace. (photo by Joanna Bourne)

Poetry can inspire and create in us a new peace. (photo by Joanna Bourne): Think Outside of the Box

This one may seem obvious, but regardless of whether not you feel that authors put a “blue curtain” in their prose or poetry for a purpose, you must take it as such. In the same way, you must write as if you intended to write everything down. Every punctuation mark, every diction, and every syntax. If you do not have a central message to your poem, your poem will most likely falter because it can not uphold consistency in symbolism and meaning.

Tip Two: Figure Out a Rhyme Scheme

Whether you want your poem to be free of rhyme or with rhyme (which can symbolize lack of control or conformity, given the tone of your poem,) you will need to decide how to utilize your speech to create a perspective that is all your own. Remember, poetry is more so about the author’s perspective, which is not necessarily the same of the reader’s. Many people use the rhyme scheme, ABAB, or ABBA. You can use whatever you’d like – and your rhymes don’t necessarily have to be that obvious anyway. Remember, sometimes rhyme scheme is not a rhyme at all.

Tip Three: Write to the Heart’s Content

Writing a poem should be fluid. The only time, in my writing of poetry, that I stop and think is of what to rhyme with that will still get my point across to the reader. What best rhymes with and depicts my heart in this scenario? If anything, you can utilize various rhyme websites that list words that rhyme with designated words you’ve typed in. For example, in the past I have rhymed “reconcile” with “while,” as well as stretching syllables to rhyme, such as “differ” and “winter.” Really, you are not limited.

Tip Four: Don’t Be Ashamed

It’s hard enough to allow yourself to be vulnerable. What’s more is to admit it on paper, perhaps for others to see. Yes, writing poetry is a beautiful escape – just as any art, music, or even exercise is. You can’t let your shame stifle you from doing something with it. To make your poetry worth while, others have to be able to see it. Be productive in getting your feelings out above writing them down on paper.

Here is a poetry competition that anyone can enter, free. There are also several apps you can find on putting your poetry up and having people rate it.

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