18 Tips to Help You Write Better Poetry

Every poet strives to be better. I’m no different. I continue to read poetry,refresh myself n the elements, and read tips from great authors as much as possible.

I have gathered a list of 18 points to follow when writing poetry.

1. Your poem should have a goal

It can be to persuade, promote, discuss, or entertain. It’s up to you. You simply need to keep the goal in mind when you write your poem.

2. Write about everyday objects/events

Your audience needs to be able to put themselves in the author’s shoes, and they can’t do that if they haven’t experienced it.

3. Brainstorm for ideas

This is for the plot, theme, vocabulary, elements,  and virtually everything else. Come up with things to say about your topic.

4. Find the right time to write

When are you the most creative? Some people get their best ideas in the morning–others at night and some in the afternoon. Find your time and keep at it.

5. Write about what matters to you

What are you passionate about? Write about it.

6. Use poetic elements

Use dictation, assonance, alliterations, rhythm, rhymes, metaphors, and similes.

7. Communicate your theme

Your theme is your idea and subject. Be sure to communicate it to your audience.

8. Use your emotions

Use happiness, sadness, and whatever emotion you have about your subject to your advantage.

9. Minimize sentimentality

Too much sentimentality makes readers barf. Minimize it and use concrete words to describe emotions.

10. Avoid clichés

Using common expressions doesn’t do your poem justice. Be creative. However, clichés also include common plots. Think of something new.

11. Use imagery

By this, you are letting your reader use all of their senses. The reader can then be encapsulated in our writing.

12. Rhyme with caution

Not every poem needs to rhyme, but if you are rhyming, do it cautiously and don’t force the poem into an unintended direction.

13. Use concrete words, not abstract ideas

What is beauty? It’s different for all of us. Describe it using similes and metaphors.

14. Fight writer’s block

If you can’t write, take a walk through the park, relax, and free your mind.

15. Let your poetry be interpreted

Don’t be too blunt about your subject. Don’t scream your metaphor from the rooftop. Let your readers create their own interpretations.

16. Read your poetry aloud.

Reading your poetry aloud makes sure that it doesn’t sound fake and flows the way you wish.

17. Read a lot

Read as much as you can, both prose and poetry–especially the style of verse you wish to write.

18. Revise

Continue to revise your work constantly. Don’t settle on something you know can be better.

There you have it! 18 poetry tips to help you write better poetry. I hope you learned something.

Gary R. Hess

Gary was born and raised on a small farm in rural Kansas. Today, he is teaching various nationalities English in Southeast Asia. Get his newest poetry eBook here.

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