Topics (and Ideas) for Writing Poetry
Writer's Block Hits Us All
Sometimes we just want to write poetry but have no idea what on; we get brain-farts and writer's block. There are a few things we might try, such as reading other poetry, or even giving up and trying later.
For me, reading through poetry possibilities strikes the writer inside me. It says, "Hey! This sounds like a great topic. Do it!" This works even more-so than others when I find something I haven't done before.
This list of topics and ideas for writing poetry will hopefully do the same for you. So what are you waiting for? Read on!
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Ideas for poetry through your life experiences
Life Experiences offer many great conversation pieces. That is what poetry is, a conversation. You express through words what happened and hope for a response from others--the audience. The only difference between a conversation and a poem is the style of delivery. With poetry, you want to show as much emotion as possible. You also want to use our human senses to your advantage. Tell the audience how it smelled, how it tasted, what it sounded like, what it felt like, and what it looked like. Of course, many of these are figurative (or maybe not, you decide). The only wall in front of is vocabulary. So pick up a thesaurus and climb over that wall!
1. Your earliest memory.
2. Your first kiss.
3. Your best friend.
4. Your first girlfriend/boyfriend.
5. Your first pet.
6. Your first accomplishment.
7. Your parents.
8. Your siblings.
9. Your children.
10. Your first love.
11. Your current love.
13. A death in the family.
14. A death of a friend.
15. The scariest moment of your life.
16. The happiest moment of your life.
17. A moment which made you angry.
18. A political event.
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Kindle Poetry Book
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Fantasy & Fiction
Fiction always makes for a great poetry topic
It's fun to use our imagination. There are unlimited possibilities. You can be whoever you want, whenever you want. It's awesome! I only suggest that if you are writing about a historical event to do your research. No matter how great a poem is, if details are seen as inaccurate, the poem will be ruined. So be careful, but also be imaginable.
1. A ride with your favorite creature.
2. A monster terrorizing Earth.
3. A shuttle ride to the moon.
4. An ancient civilization.
5. The Great War.
6. Your trip around Earth.
7. The end of time.
8. Your encounter with ghosts.
9. Your encounter with extra-terrestrials.
Life is filled with beauty; write about it.
Writing about what's beautiful is often seen as the easiest. Beauty and love bring out special emotions which can seem easy to express. Usually, we know what we love and we know why we love it. Of course, sometimes it can't be explained. When that happens, it's when our imagination takes over. We can compare the beauty to other objects; we can describe how it truly feels. This is what makes for some of the best love poetry.
1. The sunrise.
2. The sunset.
3. Your love.
4. The trees swaying in the wind.
5. Mountains in the distance.
6. Someone you just met.
7. A candles flame.
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