Monday, June 07, 2010

How to Write a Poem in 2 (or 3) Easy Steps

1. Begin with an emotion based on a personal experience (joy, fear, loneliness, wonder, curiosity, etc.).

2. Transfer that emotion into words that are pleasing to read and not predictable or cliché.

3. (optional) Give your poem perfect meter and rhyme while still following step 2.

The goal is for the reader to experience that emotion with you through your writing. If you can do that, you will attain some success as a poet.

Easy, right?


  1. Wrong! I really suck at poetry. But I like your steps. I'll give it a try. Again :)

  2. I hope you caught the humor intended in my post. Writing poetry is almost never easy! But is worth working on. Good luck, Sherrie!

  3. Hey, I quoted you in a comment on my blog, I hope you don't mind. I included the hyper-link to this post as reference, too.


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