How To Write Poetry For Beginners
How To Write A Poem
What is poetry? The first step to writing a poem is to free your mind. Poetry does not have to rhyme. It's much more important to say what you really need to say. Get comfortable with the idea of free verse poetry as a poetic form to create your first poem. There are so many types of poetry and poetry poetry terms. First start by observing objects around you. Write down whatever you see outside your window or in your backyard. Think of your favorite place and jot a few lines about that. You could also include something magical that doesn't happen in real life. How did you feel? Who or what did you see? Who or what did you hear?
Put your words into play and be sure that each line you are showing, not telling . Use your five senses- touch, smell, taste, sight, or sound to describe all the statements you have written down.
Get inspired- Do you have something to write about? Of course you do! Did you know you can write a poem by making a list? Choose a topic- like your hopes, dreams, desires, secrets, favorites, and then pick a few details to describe each one of them.
As you are reading this hub it's quite possible to find a poem! You can find poems by taking a preexisting piece of writing material from newspaper articles, books, advertisements, etc. Break up the lines, move around the sentences, and add your own thoughts of interest.
How To Write Poetry For Beginners
Poetry Art- In order to write poetry, you must read poetry. Read poetry from contemporary and classic, English and translation, formal and experimental. Write as often as you can. Take notes so whenever you feel inspired, you are ready to jot down ideas.
Never throw anything away, even if it's just one line or stanza. Whatever you can't use now may be a perfect fit later. I have nearly one hundred incomplete poems just waiting to be used.
Use a rhyming dictionary or thesaurus in case you get hung up on certain words.
Challenge yourself to explain things in new ways. Try to avoid over used phrases, rhymes, and cliches. Dare to explore your creativity. Here is an example:
Before: The singing of the birds in the morning makes me want to fly with them.
After: Birds' morning song moves mountains within and I rise to fly.
Time and Thought- Edit your work after you have written it, or else you might interrupt your flow of creativity. Turn your deepest thoughts into words and remember to end your poem by explaining the overall feeling you are trying to express. Keep in mind that your poem does not have to be perfect on your first try. Whenever you are ready to unlock your inner poet and share your work with others, revision is an important part of the artistic process. Always know that imagery and symbolism gives special depth to poetry.
Have fun and good luck!
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