Learning to Write Poems

Man in the process of writing a poem
You can be a poet!

Learning to write poems is something that many people have on their "To Do" list. There are many resources available to help you tap into your inner poet, and the Internet is a great place to get started.

Learning to Write Poems - What You Need To Know

For a lot of writers, the hardest part of writing poetry is just diving in and going for it. The reason for this is that most people think of poetry writing as being different from any other kind of writing. They worry about the rules associated with different styles of poetry and they worry about being able to be masterful enough with symbolism that their readers understand their point, without going over the top. Here are a few things you should know about writing poetry that may make taking the leap a little less intimidating:

  • Yes, there are rules associated with some styles of poetry, such as using a particular rhyme scheme or keeping the poem to X number of lines. Many writers find, however, that working within this framework actually ends up helping them focus their thoughts and get their ideas out faster.
  • If rules aren't your thing, that doesn't mean that poetry is out the window for you. Blank verse and free form poetry don't have any rules at all, so you can write however the mood strikes you.
  • While it is true that many poems make heavy use of symbolism and other literary devices like similes, metaphors, alliteration and so on, it's not a requirement. You don't have to be a master of any of these tools to start writing poetry. Think instead of writing poetry as a way of experimenting with these devices and becoming more comfortable with them.

Your approach to learning to write poems shouldn't be any different than your approach to any other kind of writing. All it takes is some practice so you become familiar with the format, and you'll be producing poetry that you're proud of in no time.

Poetry Writing Resources

Are you ready to dip your toes into the poetry writing waters? The following websites can help:

  • Net Poets - Net Poets, also known as Passions in Poetry, is a great all around spot for poets online. There's plenty of information here to help you learn your craft and to help you figure out what do with your poems once you have them.
  • Universal Class - If you're looking for a more in depth, guided poetry writing course, Universal Class has a six-week, Internet-based course that will walk you through the basics. The bonus here is the ability to work with a teacher who will give you feedback on the work you're doing.
  • Poewar - Poewar has tons of great tips for novice poets, including all important advice about becoming comfortable with the format.
  • American Chronicle - On American Chronicle, award winning poet Nadia Brown lets you in on some secrets for finding your inner poet and getting your thoughts out on paper.

Getting Started with Poetry Writing

As previously stated, the best way to start writing poetry is to simply start writing poetry. Set a little time aside every day to work on your poems, even if this time is used to brainstorm ideas or to jot down a few lines that you hope to build longer poems around. With practice, your comfort level will increase and you'll be on your way to penning poems you're proud to call your own.

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