How to Write a Poem
Hey there folks!
So the other day I started my spring bucketlist, and seeing as there are two weeks holiday I hope to get a lot more of the tasks done soon! Seeing as I only blog twice a week I can’t tell you when I do every one, so I might make them combined in one post or perhaps even blog about them after spring as well! Anyways, for task 1/65 I had to write a poem about a rainy day. Seeing as I’m also doing NaPoWriMo this helped 😀
A lot of people want to break into poetry and don’t know how. So here are some tips on how I do it. Not necessarily how you have to.
1. I use a mind map. I try and have a topic or subject or theme to my poem. This is more so when I’m not hit by sudden inspiration but want to flesh out a single theme or something. Plonk that in the middle of your mind map and then I show ways I could represent it or words I want to use.
2. Organise my stanzas. (Form) I then make a list, like: 1st stanza: words: rain, smile, laugh and representation: holding hands, friends together or something like that. Then I know what I want to talk about in each stanza. I also decide whether or not I want four or five lines in a stanza, or to have some phrase repeated or not. Usually I used to say whatever about form – just write and let it be. Nowadays I’m more experimental when it comes to form.
3. Time to write it! Time to write what you’ve planned! I sometimes be mindful to try and use alliteration, metaphors and other poetic techniques. Sometimes they fit in perfectly and I don’t even have to think about it. When it’s a really raw or emotional poem I would just say forget this – if information this scribble down what you’re envisioning in your mind!
4. It’s time to share! (then edit) Let people read it! I’m don’t really share much of what I write with my family. If I really like it or am hyped about it, then maybe my lil sister and an older sister who writes as well can read it. Mostly I put it up on The Young Writers Society and get valuable feedback! Take all they say and what looks wrong to you after leaving it for a day, and tweak it!
Now, for the poem I wrote about a rainy day… It’s called ‘Oncoming Spring’ and is in the form of a Rubaiyat.