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Learn How to Write a Poem

Updated on November 26, 2014

Poetry is a very personal form of creative writing. Here are some general guidelines that can be used to channel your creativity and imagination into beautiful poetry.


The first thing to consider when writing a poem is what the poem will be about. Typically a poem concentrates on a subject or an emotion.

Subject - person, place, event, object, concept

Emotion - any feeling or mood that creates an atmosphere


The next thing to consider is why the poem is being written in the first place. What is your inspiration for writing poetry?


- to describe

- to convey a message

- to create a mood


Now the format and structure of the poem has to be decided. How rigid do you want the poem to be? Should it have a regular meter or a rhyme scheme?


- free form

- structured

- rhyming

Have Fun!

As you can see, the possibilities are endless. Just about anything can be made into a poem with a little thought. If you are having trouble, try playing around with some words or take a walk outside until something jumps out at you. Poetry is all about expressing your thoughts and feelings through words. Good luck!


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      Darrylmdavis 5 years ago from Brussels, Belgium

      I think in the "what" category, it's important to stress that you should try to get a single idea out, perhaps two...but no more than that. Somewhere along the line, the notion that poems need to be all things to all people popped up but this is actually the downfall of most amateur poetry.