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How to Write a Poem for Beginners

Medini is a writer with a huge passion for poetry. She has been writing poems for more than 10 years, with many of them published.

Writing poetry might seem daunting, but it is actually really simple. In this article, I will share with you a few simple steps to write a wonderful poem. Don't worry if you have never written before, I'm here to help you unleash your inner poet! After all, the pen is mightier than the sword :)

Writing poetry is really simple

Writing poetry is really simple

is it your best friend's birthday and you want to write a heartfelt poem for them? Or do you have a school assignment that is 40% of your grade? Or perhaps you just want to try your hand at poetry, cause why not?

Well, look no further. In this article, you will find 4 simple, clear steps to write a perfect poem. Don't worry if you have never written before, all you have to do is unleash your inner poet. Let's go!

Step 1: Pick a topic

What do you want to write about? Your friend, your dog, life, love, anything. Don't worry about your topic not being too deep or thoughtful. There is no rule that dictates that your poem has to be philosophical. The beauty of poetry is that it is the most liberal, fluid form of expressing your thoughts.

The most important thing you should keep in mind when you pick a topic is to choose something you know about, something that you are passionate about. Something you have always wanted to talk about, and have never gotten the chance. Well, here's your chance!

Don't select a random topic, or something that you don't have much knowledge about. If you absolutely have to write about something you don't know, then research. Find out as much as you can, and then write. A poem should never be half-hearted.

The more connected you are to the topic you choose, the more flawless your poem will be.

The beauty of poetry is that it is the most liberal, fluid form of expressing your thoughts.

Make a List

Make a List

Step 2: Make a List

For people who write poetry on a regular basis, this is not required, as the words just flow on their own. But since this article is for beginners, this step is really important.

Jot down all the things you want to cover in your poem. If you are writing about your friend, all the qualities you want to include; if you are writing about a social issue, all the different perspectives, and so on.

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Make sure that all your points are relevant to your chosen topic. It might be tempting to talk about many things at once, but try to stick to your central theme as much as possible. This way, you can get the message across clearly.

Rhyme Scheme

Rhyme Scheme

Step 3: Rhyme Scheme

A rhyme scheme is the pattern of rhyme that comes at the end of each verse or line in poetry. In other words, it is the structure of end words of a verse or line that a poet needs to create when writing a poem.

What rhyme scheme do you want? Do you want to have alternate lines rhyming with each other, two consequent lines rhyming with each other, or perhaps a limerick style? Choose whatever you think you will be comfortable with.

It is very important to choose one rhyme scheme and stick with it. Do not change at any point. Yes, many poems have a different rhyme scheme in each paragraph, but these are all written by experienced poets. For a beginner, alternating between many schemes can take the focus away from writing a good poem. If you think you can handle it, then go ahead! Just remember to read the poem once you are done to make sure you haven't missed any important points.

Of course, it is not compulsory that a poem has to have a rhyme scheme. Millions of poets around the world write freestyle poetry, and that is perfectly fine too. Again, poetry is the most flexible form of writing.

Step 4: Start Writing

You've picked the topic and the rhyme scheme, and you know exactly what you want to talk about. Now you're ready to actually start writing! Just put your pen to the paper and let those words flow.

If you think a particular line or phrase is only so-so, then delete it! Why settle for mediocrity when you are capable of perfection? Store that line somewhere else and invest time into coming up with an even better one. You can do it!

If you've tried and tried and you still think that your poem is not as great as you imagined, then chill. Just take a break, clear your head, do something you love, and come back whenever you are ready.

Most importantly, don't be too hard on yourself. It's okay if you're not as good as Wordsworth or Shakespeare. Who knows, they probably spent hours trying to come up with lines! Anyway, don't compare yourself with anybody else, or try to imitae anyone else's style.

Just be yourself, and see the wonders that will happen.

Happy Writing! All the Best :)

P.S. If you have any doubts, just contact me. I'm always happy to help.


StepsWhat you should keep in mind

1. Pick a topic

Pick something you are passionate about.

2. Make a List

Make sure the points are relevant to the topic.

3. Rhyme Scheme

Choose one rhyme scheme and stick with it for the entire poem. The same goes for freestyle.

4. Start Writing

Be original and passionate

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