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How To Write Poetry For Beginners

Updated on November 23, 2015

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!

"I'm a poet, and I know it"

 - Bob Dylan


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      Elizabeth Abraham 3 years ago

      Hi Nicky,.im 18 and I'm doing my first year in this university in my country,,..

      I'm majoring in Language and Literature.. Our first assessment piece is to do a poetry presentation.. I've been doing some research on how I will get inspirations to write mine and I came across ur page,.. The way u explained it in the simplest form,,I cannot describe how thankful I am to find ur page...

      thanks a lot...

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      Chesnie 4 years ago

      I'm going to be honest I still don't get this I read poetry everyday but here's the thing I don't get the tip your trying to make I see your trying to make.

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      Nicky Page 6 years ago from Indiana

      Hi Josie, I wanted to share this article with the intentions of using free verse because it is from my own personal experience. Yes, there are many other types of poetry to choose from, but I wanted to focus on how to write poetry with whatever comes to mind, without following a specific structure or rule. I wanted to convey that a poem does not have to rhyme, nor does it need metrical structure. For a beginner poet using free verse, I think a person can develop one's niche and style later on.

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      Josie Whitehead 6 years ago

      I'm afraid I can't get comfortable with free verse, and especially when writing for children. Free verse to me is like taking the tune out of music, writing music without any construction, no melody, flat, empty. There are so many different rhythms/metre that you can choose for your poem. Some are slow and plodding along whilst others demand that you click your fingers and tap your toes to the rhythms. Why cut all of this out of an art that is so linked to song?

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      Nicky Page 6 years ago from Indiana

      Hi MAJohnson060- thanks for reading. All the best to you!

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      MAJohnson060 6 years ago from Dayton, OH

      I love how you are able to explain in a very simple manner how to writing poetry. I carry many words, ideas in my head on a daily basis. This is how I begin in my quest to write a poem. Thanks for your hub on this topic. Keep up the good work

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      Nicky Page 6 years ago from Indiana

      Thanks Epi!

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      epigramman 6 years ago your enthusiasm here and your sincerity along with your knowledge and research on this subject - and as I always say about poetry - write from your heart and the mind will always follow - and just be yourself - create your own style - be true to yourself and as you stated so brilliantly - just 'free your mind'

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      Nicky Page 6 years ago from Indiana

      Vianasya- Thanks for reading! I'm glad that you found this article on how to write poetry useful! Best of luck.

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      vianasya 6 years ago from Indonesia

      Hello NickyPage, I'm new here in Hubpages. It's always hard for me to write a poem. But with this hub, I think I learn something useful. Thank's a lot!