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Writing Poetry (In a few hours or less.)

Updated on December 19, 2011


So you've found your way here. Congrats! If you're like anyone else out there some time in your life you've had at least a brush with Poetry. Yes, that's right, Poetry, it can be quite an intimidating thing to even consider getting into, much less writing it. However, speaking from my own experience it can fun too, as well as practical. Going through school, you most likely will be asked to write a poem or poems as an assignment. Or, perhaps you would like to write some for a different purpose, to impress someone special, to get a point across, to express yourself, or any other reason. It can be hard to get started, and I am far from being a master of the art myself, but it is not at all impossible to write beautifully crafted poetry, while also being short on time. Continue to read, and I will provide you with the mental tools necessary in order to write Poetry, in a few hours or less!

Getting Started

First, as with writing anything you should have a purpose in mind, a direction. I call it a focus. This can be anything, it is akin to motivation. This doesn't necessarily have to be the topic of your poem, all you need to do is to think about it while you engage in your own process. It can be the topic though, and at first you may find it easier to for it to be the main topic of your poem or poems. Given the right focus with which to write and you can easily write your own masterpiece.

Also, note that at first this may take you awhile. Everything takes practice. You may at first spend an entire day working on a single piece. You may not even be satisfied with it, but each time you finish what you've started you've accrued experience, even if you might want to scrap your work afterwards. You have to be in a mindset of doing, in order to even begin to write quality poetry.

Time Management and Contemplation

Even before the act of writing you need to take some time to think about what you want to write. You may take quite a bit of time when you start just thinking about what to write. That's okay. Feel free to take notes, keep a notepad with you so that if a line comes to you you can write it down. Remember, nothing that you write down is set in stone, feel free to change things. Personally, I don't like to take physical notes. I merely contemplate my focus as I go about my day, and if a line comes to me I repeat it in my head until I find a way to follow up with it, after which I might write it down at the end of the day. You might want to do this for more serious work, such as a competition piece. Try not to become dependent on just one method, try different things to see what suits you.

Key idea here: Think about it, as much as possible.

Start Simple, and Relax

Your poetry doesn't have to be overtly complex. Start with a few, simple lines before you try anything fancy. Once you get used writing your poetry try incorporating more complex rhyming schemes and different rhythms. The great thing is though, is that it is your own decision whether or not to do this. Poetry is all about self expression,

So just sit back, and relax as you do this. If you can do this, while at the same time contemplating your focus before hand, you'll have a poem or a great number of poems already written within the scope of a few hours, or less!

Qustions? Suggestions?

Feel free to comment, I would love to hear your input.


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    • Becky Katz profile image

      Becky Katz 6 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      Very interesting help piece. Welcome to our world, you will enjoy the supportive presence of the others on here.

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      mljdgulley354 6 years ago

      Welcome to hubpages. This is the place to be to share what you write. Hope to see a profile so we can get to know you. Great tips on writing poetry.

    • GClark profile image

      GClark 6 years ago from United States

      Thank you for some great tips in getting started with writing poetry. That isn't something I have ever attempted, but your encouraging article has nudged me enough that I am considering the possibilities. GClark

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      wraith3 6 years ago

      Thanks. I appreciate your feedback. :)

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      Lynn2507 6 years ago from the land of the goddess Gaia

      Great article, very original. Keep poetry alive!!