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8. How to Write a Good Poem

 

 

po;em

a piece of writing that partakes of the nature of both speech and song that is nearly always rhythmical, usually metaphorical, and often exhibits such formal elements as meter, rhyme, and stanzaic structure.

- something that arouses strong emotions because of its beauty.

 

 

By it's definitions, you'd think writing a poem would be pretty simple. But in actuality, writing a relatively decent poem is hard -at times almost unbearable. It either turns out being a short story or it's too confusing to understand.

 

 

Find a Topic

Choose a topic that means something to you or that you're so familiar with that it's easy to be descriptive about. 

It can be as simple as riding a bike, or visiting family and friends for the holidays. Then, immerse yourself in the memory and write it down. Don't just state what's happening, be descriptive about it.

 

Description is Key

Poems in a way are just short stories that are reflected around one moment or event. But we like reading them because often the author describes the scenarios with beautiful phrases or words.

Instead of saying, 'I watched the cat walk along the sidewalk' say,

Ex. The feline sauntered along the cracked pavement 

 

Length is Crucial

A short poem can go a long way if written correctly. If you find your story needs more than the normal, that's fine too! Just be sure to not go overboard and keep your focus on the topic at hand. If your poem is about a cat but you drift off into the life story of it, it no longer is a poem but a short story.

Try to keep it to a page length or shorter if you can. 

 

 

I hope this helps and thanks to Steven Will for the suggestion!

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