National Poetry Month is just around the corner. For poetic fanatics, this month is extremely special since it’s all about what they love the most: poetry. For those who have not written poetry yet, it is extremely exciting once a foot steps in the door. Here are some tips to help you get started.
- Know Your Goal – Your goal is to gain an emotional response from the audience. Make the poem rhythmic, although it doesn’t have to rhyme.
- Avoid Clichés– Old proverbs such as “as busy as a bee” should be avoided.
- Use Images – This doesn’t mean literally pasting images onto your poem. It’s just writing with your imagination.
- Use metaphor and simile-These literary devices will often attract readers.
- Use concrete words instead of abstract words-This is not an English essay. You are trying to make your poem flow smoothly. Abstractness will impede that flow.
- Revise-Go back and read your poem until you think it flows smoothly. Don’t push yourself too hard, though, or you will lose interest in your own poem.
To sum it up:
Writing a poem can be difficult at first, but it’s important to jot down any words that your heart feels because that will assist you with creating a smooth flow. Then, you must make the poem seem logical. This is a very common mistake where a poem won’t make sense although it flows smoothly.
Start writing a poem to your teacher. You’ll be amazed at how interesting writing a poem actually is.