How to Write Poems for Beginners
Poetry doesn’t have to be what William Shakespeare, Robert Frost, and Emily Dickinson made it to be. Over the years, the art has become more dynamic, giving rooms for interested beginners.
From narrative, ode, sonnet, to free verse poetry, this simple guide can help you write a good poetry as a newbie:
1. Write About Something
You can write a poem on anything; an ocean, building, time, your emotions. In this case, we’ll write a poem about the sun.
2. Select a Type of Poem
As a beginner, your poem shouldn’t fall into an already defined type. The structure of the poems relies exclusively on you and the poem itself. However, as a newbie, rhyming poems are more convenient for a start. The ease of a rhyming poem will motivate you to keep writing.
Note that a poem doesn’t have to have any grammatical meaning, only that your readers must be able to comprehend the purpose of your poem despite your clever wording.
3. Describe an Element
Depict an entity or illustrate a feeling to stir an emotion or depth in your poem. To begin this illustrative process, question yourself about the subject. For instance:
What’s the sun? What is its hue? What does the sun feel like to you? What’s alluring or repulsive about it? Use important expressions related to temperature, shades, position, and other familiar characteristics.
4. Go to the First Line
The introductory line is an essential line of your poem; it establishes the rhythm for your poem and thus should leave a good impression. The first line decides whether your audience will pay careful attention to the rest of the poem or disregard it.
Therefore, it should be exciting or mysterious enough for your readers to want to read more. However, it shouldn’t be too complicated that your words confuse or bore them. Ensure the first line is concise and understandable.
For example; in the poem, The Sun, the first line could be:
Drenched in yellow in the south
5. Create Words
As mentioned above, it may be best to start with rhymes. That means you have to look for homophones or words that end with the same suffix.
Drenched in yellow in the south
Wanted by the oceans in the north
6. Use Your Words
Try to find the words in your poem instead of searching them in a linguistic dictionary or on the internet. This tip ensures that you undoubtedly understand every term you include in your poem, and that you know its effect on rhythm and meaning.
7. Write the Other Lines of Your Poem
Think about what else you want to say about the subject that is worthy of mention. Then, write down the words that came to your mind as we advised in the previous step. In the poem The Sun, you could decipher its effect. Hence the next line becomes:
I don’t have to look up to see the light
For it consumes me wholly before my sight
8. Voice Out the Lines as You Write Them
Silently or audibly, voicing out your lines enables you to develop the right number of syllables so that the poem flows nicely.
9. Don’t Worry about the Length
There are no rules to the number of lines a poem should be. From writing a few lines to writing even a story as in a narrative. It depends entirely on the creativity of the poet. Subsequently, you can write lengthier poems.
10. Make a Perfect Copy of the Poem
Usually, you will see the need to revise the poem, replace a few words, or even discard a whole stanza. Whatever you do, remember that you hold the pen, and your instincts matter. Upon finishing your manuscript, develop a perfect copy of the poem.
Write the poem on a blank sheet of paper or make a digital copy and print it. Moreover, as a presentation, make one stanza per slide.
On your journey to becoming an expert, use the following tips:
- Improve your vocabulary and knowledge of words by reading books, phrases, and pictorial language
- Save your poems in a portfolio type or keep them in the cloud. So that in the future, you can be delighted with your journey. Moreover, saving them will also help you improve them
- Invite a friend or family member to listen to your poem. Afterward, let them give their opinion of what you’ve written
- Let movies be your inspiration. It will help you realize the beauty and essence of the spoken words
- A huge source of inspiration can also come from reading poems by distinguished poets. Experiment with their style to discover and develop your kind
- Keep your dictionaries closer and save new words to enhance your comprehension of words and become knowledgeable about their use
- Read complicated poems and discover how to wield rhythms
- Beware of negative criticism. Not a lot of people understand and enjoy poetry. Thus they may not see the need for your work. Don’t go to such critics for evaluation or listening
Follow all of the recommended steps, and before you know it, you’ll have a collection of poems In your pursuit for pleasure, you can find all the things you need for your outdoor kitchen, patio, and bar. There you can also draw inspiration to write better as you enjoy binging on some grilled chicken and fine wine.
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