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How To Write Amazing Poems

Updated on December 11, 2019
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Ben is an English major at the University of Vermont. He has written hundreds of poems and is a published poet.

How to write poetry well

1. Be honest

2. Use metaphors

3. EDIT!

4. Read poetry

5. Think outside the box

6. Observe your feelings and the world around you and journal it

DON'T be a PASSIVE writer!

Don't just write to write. Engage with the material, yourself and your environment. Love what you write. Poetry is the most beautiful form of writing if done honestly and well. Go out and experience things.

Good Vs. Lackluster Poetry

 
Good Poetry
Lackluster poetry
Attention to detail
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No
Honesty
Yes
No
Experience
Yes
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Author Bio

Ben is a...

-Published poet and author

-Youtube content creator, specifically educating on how to write poetry

The Best Tips For Improving Your Poetry!

Before I say anything, I just want you to know you are worthy of poetry. Though it may seem like a vast and difficult topic, it is actually quite simple. It is about getting down to universal and yet personal truths. The only way it is complex is if you find working on it a job instead of a natural extension of your love of writing!

Here are some key tips for writing "better" poetry. Although the word "better" is subjective, you can always get your poetry out there to get fresh eyes and a new perspective on it! Ultimately, however, poetry is a very personal experience and though it is a way of expression to others, it is also an expression for yourself. If you don't like the poem you write, you better believe nobody else will. People can sniff a lack of care straight away!

First and foremost, I cannot stress enough that you should BE HONEST! If you are not honest with yourself and your poem, you will not write great poetry. Honesty is what separates the mediocre poems from the great. Write about YOUR experience, not someone else's.

The next biggest tip I have for you is to use METAPHORS. Metaphors are a simple way to advance your poetry and not only make it sound better but make it have more weight for you and the ready. Do not tell. Show! For example: do not say "She is the most beautiful girl in the world". This is a cliche quote. Instead, say, "She is the rose in a sea of nightmares". This conveys a new perspective and also adds imagery to your poem.

EDIT EDIT EDIT! Did I grab your attention? Good. If you think your poem is perfect the first time around, I will save you some time. It just isn't. Proofreading, editing and retouching your poetry is the only way to get better at it. Editing also promotes ideas that you didn't even originally think of. It polishes and enhances your work.

READ poetry! If you don't read other peoples' poetry, you can't get other peoples' perspectives and ideas. If you are trapped in a box, you cannot find loopholes to get out. Knowledge of poetry is simply key to advancing your poetry. Don't think you are the only good poet out there. There will always be someone better to learn from!

Think OUTSIDE THE BOX! Don't just be okay with writing simple sentences in your poetry and publish it for money. Really delve deep into it. Stare at nature and think about things you have never imagined before. You will be surprised at what your mind can come up with when calm and open.

Which leads me to my final point. OBSERVE AND FEEL. If you don't observe the world around you, you can't write like a real poet. You can't encapsulate the world and your view of it without observation. Don't even try writing first, just simply observe nature, people and yourself. Feel! Feel your feelings and emotions and don't be shy with them. Notate them in a journal, and you will be happy you did. It is both freeing and creatively distinguishing to write down your feelings.

These are my tips for Improving your poems and overall poetic abilities! There are infinitely more tips to give, but these are the base ones to start! Use these as a jumpstart to being open and ready to learn about poetry and everything in the world!

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This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

© 2019 Benjamin Tyler

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