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Topics (and Ideas) for Writing Poetry

Updated on May 26, 2016
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Gary R. Hess is the author of two poetry books, "Looking Glass" and "Poetic Night".

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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Life Experiences

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.

12. Lust.

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

Looking Glass: A Selection of Poems
Looking Glass: A Selection of Poems

Take a look through the looking glass for a view of the world like you've never seen it before.


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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    • joseph-sottile-16 profile image

      joseph-sottile-16 4 years ago

      Write about your greatest personal victory or defeat.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Also can write about parents

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      John Dyhouse 4 years ago from UK

      I get my best ideas from simply looking around me, I second the comment by GypsyWhim. Ideas are all around.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: true that!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @Bella2812: It is waaaaaaaaaay to hard to find a topic:'(

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @efriedman: I've done this, efriedman. I sometimes like the results quite a bit. It begins abstract and begins to take a solid form as you feel further into it.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Gypsy, it may be a simple suggestion, but it's right on. My best comes from closing my mouth and opening my ears (and eyes). It was a good suggestion.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: sometimes it is more difficult to say that you would look at your surroundings than to really do it

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      Bella2812 5 years ago

      some more themes u could use r


      hummor(ha ha)




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      Jethro 5 years ago from Philippines

      I think I need to fire the candle inside me... I want to wake up the poet inside of me. Great ideas! :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      This may sound like a simple suggestion, but just "listen." I get ideas all the time from just keeping my ears and eyes open to the world. You'd be surprised how many ideas you'll come across throughout the day by just observing your environment and the participants in it.

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      efriedman 6 years ago

      I think one way to "release a poem" is to just start with a word or phrase, even if you don't know exactly what the full idea will be. If you write it down or say it to yourself, the images it brings may start to inspire you to write a poem.

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      JoyfulPamela2 6 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      Thanks for the many ideas! They will be helpful when my kids are doing creative writing projects. =D

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      justholidays 8 years ago

      I often run out of ideas so such a lens on any kind of topic might be a great helper!