Are you ready to write your own poem? Here are some steps to help you get started:
Think about the purpose of your poem
Inspiration usually comes when you know the purpose of your literary work. It will also dictate the length, form, style and language that will be used in your poem so make sure that you determine your purpose first.
Try to stay away from clichés
There are already a lot of poems written around the world, so it’s very important to stay unique and avoid clichés. Stay away from familiar characters or plots because it will not only make writing harder but it will also waste your energy knowing that your poem will just be like any other poem out there.
Choose your subject or theme
Choosing a subject will help you focus your mind on just one thing while you’re writing your poem. Your subject is not limited to a person or place. It can also be an emotion, an object, an animal or even time.
Select the right poem format
Poems come in different formats so you’re not limited to just minding the rhymes and meters. You can explore different poetry styles but go for the easiest ones first if you’re a beginner. Some of the most common choices would be free verse, haiku, narrative and acrostic.
Avoid too much sentimentality
While a poem should evoke a feeling or emotion from your audience, you have to avoid being too sentimental because it affects the literary quality of your poem. Focus on your subject and work your way around presenting the issues that you want to talk about in your poem rather than just thinking about how to make your work more emotional.
Start with one line
When you start writing a poem, you’re not really required to work from the title up to the last line. In fact, you just need to start with one line that comes out of your head. This could serve as your title, opening line or just the foundation for the rest of your poem. Worry about perfect formatting later so you can really focus on your creativity as you start adding more lines to your poem.
At the end of the day, writing a poem means that you can freely express yourself through words that rhyme. So why not give it a try?
What will you do before you start writing your poem?
What are some examples of poems?
- Example #1: While you Decline to Cry (By Ō no Yasumaro) Haiku Poem.
- Example #2: The Song of Hiawatha (By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow) Epic Poem.
- Example #3: After the Sea-Ship (By Walt Whitman) Free Verse Poem.
- Example #4: La Belle Dame sans Merci (By John Keats) Ballad.
What makes a bad poem?
What is the easiest type of poem to write?
What defines a good poem?
What makes a winning poem?
How do you tell a good poem from a bad poem?
How do you win a poetry contest?
- Here’s our scoop on how to give yourself the best chance when entering a poetry competition or poetry contest.
- Take a few moments to pick your favourite competition(s)
- Read the rules, twice…
- Getting your poem ready.
- Make it look professional.
- Leave plenty of time.
- And finally…
How do you write a poetry contest?
- Do not type poem in all capital letters.
- Do not capitalize the first letter of every word.
- Only capitalize words that are proper (i.e. names and places).
- The first word of each line may be capitalized if it is done consistently throughout.
Where can I publish my poems?
- Poetry Magazine. Published through the Poetry Foundation, Poetry Magazine is the oldest monthly poetry journal in the English-speaking world.
- The New Yorker.
- The Kenyon Review.
- Harvard Review.
- Lit Hub.
- The American Scholar.
Can I publish a single poem?
The most common method of poetry publishing is to have one or a few of your poems published in a literary journal or literary magazine. Create a list of literary journals you think might be a good fit for your work. Select your top one-to-five poems that you plan to submit.
How can I publish my poems for free?
Can I earn money by writing poems?
Some options of such International sites are:
- Freelance Writing.