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Poetry Writing Tips

Poetry Writing Tips

Understand your theme: A theme is not the same as a topic. 
For example, a topic about life might be  “friendship” but a theme would be something like “how friendship enriches life.” 

Know your purpose before you start writing: How do you want people to feel after reading your poem?
Do you want them to be happy, sad, surprised, shocked, peaceful, angry? 

Avoid common subjects: It can seem like everything has been written about before, but really try to choose your own topic. Writing about your own experience can help you to do this. 
Try telling a story about your life.

A poem doesn’t have to rhyme: Most poems don’t rhyme. They use words creatively to express meaning but most poems don’t rhyme.

Use metaphors: You can learn about metaphors and how to use them at this link.                                                                  

Use imagery: You can learn about imagery and how to use it at this link.       

Write, read, revise, read, revise, etc.