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Easy Poetry Writing Tips for Beginners

Updated on March 20, 2019
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(a) Pen down your thoughts

There are a variety of thoughts that you can write a poem on. Whatever your thoughts are, you need to just write them down. You need to express yourself in order to begin writing a poem. You can even write on what scenery you saw early in the morning, what incidents hurt you, about a particular person or even a story in the form of a poem. People who have written a lot of poems, often find a new idea or verse to write a poem on, spring out of nowhere. It's just how the mind of a poet becomes out of practice and there is nothing supernatural about it. Whatever you start to write will develop as you keep writing it and eventually you might end up with something better than what you were expecting out of yourself.

(b) Separate the sentences

Separating the sentences that you have typed is the next step. Separate the sentences according to where you feel a line of the poem you are about to write should end. Sometimes you have to follow your intuition for that and if that sounds difficult, then this will become a lot easier with practice.

(c) Modify the sentences and bring rhyme

The third and the final step is to modify the sentences you have separated to bring it into the form of a poem. It may be with or without rhyme. The kind of rhyme you use depends on how you want your poem to sound. Similarly, there are many poems that sound amazing even without continuous rhymes. It ultimately depends on your natural creativity and how you play with words.

Example of a stanza:

Step (a): As I went to the market today, I saw an injured dog on the footpath.
Step (b): Separate sentences:
As I went to the market today,
I saw an injured dog
On the footpath.
Step (c):
As I went to the market today,
I saw an injured dog
Flabbily on the footpath, it lay.

Is that all?

The rest of the modification is up to you. You can modify the words and bring more rhyme to your poem. Similarly, you can write down more of your thoughts and increase the length of the poem.

After some practice, you must have a goal in mind as you proceed with the content of your poem. Sometimes, the goal that the poet had in mind at the start might change towards the end of the poem. This happens due to the many modifications and variations in the content that the poet keeps doing till the end.
Poetry is an art and whether it's your own feelings and emotions that you are penning down or a general topic, the end result depends entirely on your creative art of playing with words.

© 2019 Lincy Francis

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