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Poetry Writing Ideas

An artist,a poet at heart & a teacher by profession, pursuing masters in psychology now. Passionate about reading & writing the expressions.


What's Poetry

Poetry is just a feeling

A feeling expressed in words,

The words which touch hearts,

The hearts which too can feel

Giving the poetry a complete meaning.

Poetry is the heart's expression

Of dealing with life's problem,

Or showing agony or elation,

In order to get earnest attention

From a similar sense and perception.

Poetry is the essence of a unique life

Summarising each and every strife,

At times achieving the hard fetched height,

And at times losing every possessed delight,

Analyzing them all with a precise inner sight.

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How to Write Poetry

You just have to feel

Whatever is on your life's reel,

Whether that's fantasy or real,

Jot them down in words you recall

To let others see how you feel.

Meditate and introspect

What within you is perfect

And what needs support,

Point them all in words

And then you can decorate.

Look around and observe what you found,

Is there anything that made you astound,

Any individual, any custom or sky or ground?

With your words of expression, you just expound

Shaping it with your perception and heart's sound.

Poetry is not only for laureates

Who get a lot many accolades,

Anyone of us can open the gates,

And frame poetry on its own ways,

Free verse, blank verse or a new verse.


35 Poetry Writing Ideas

1. Write about how you feel, what you want, what you have and what you wish to have at present.

2. Write what you had but lost it and miss it a lot (love, relations, post or possessions etc)

3. Write about any of your fantasy that your mind wishes to dwell in.

4. Write about any famous story or fairy tale in your way giving it your characters and ending.

5. Write about any such experience where you were so horrified that you couldn't speak (It happened with me at many occasions, even in present)

6. Write about any funny incident that you can recall of your school days or college days.

7. Write about that first feeling what you had for the opposite sex (usually starts from age of 14 for many, though one can experience it earlier)

8. Write about any custom or ritual in your culture that you love a lot or the one that is of no importance for you.

9. Write about any toy of your childhood that you still have and there are many memories related to that.

10. Write about that experience when you were drenched in rain and could feel an amazing sense of gratification enjoying each drop falling on your body.

11. Write about your experience of jealousy with your parents, siblings or best friend.

12. Write about any of your dream that forced you to shout in the dream or made you so dumb that you couldn't utter a word.

13. Write how you perceive the feeling of the people around you, your friends, relatives, colleagues and your peers.

14. Write about any of your life's important decisions for which you didn't consult anyone and then accepted the consequences as your fate.

15. Write about a general opinion on how you love one colour but your friends hate that, how you love one chocolate while your near ones don't like it, how you have some different ambition in your life than the other fellows in your life.

16. Write about any story, movie, book or incident that changed the way you used to think.

17. Write about nature for example poems on flowers (like Daffodils of Wordsworth), Wind (like Keat), an imaginary land (like Coleridge), mountains, hills, valleys, rivers, ocean, sky, greenery, rainbow, birds, their songs, their nature etc

18. Write metaphysical poems like that of Jonne Donne (Death, be not proud; Flea; The Canonization; The Sunne Rising etc).

19. Write about any of your mistakes which haunt you all the time.

20. Write about any incident that you wish to forget but cannot get rid of that.

21. Write about the love and affection you received from your grandparents.

22. Write about any of your friends or relative who always try to demoralize you and make fun of your failures. Why are you not able to stay away with that person?

23. You can imagine yourself as any other creature, for example, a fish, a rat, a bird, a monkey etc or any other person like a sweeper, a waiter, a nurse etc and compose poetry with the perspective of that individual.

24. What if you were there in a certain part of history? How would you have reacted to the situation?

25. Imagine the future land of your ideas and make it realistic in the form of your poem.

26. Write about anything that you have done for the first time, first love, first kiss, first child, first class in school or college, first achievement, first child, first poetry etc.

27. Write about any of your travel experiences; either you had a friend or family, either a long trip or a small one day trip.

28. Write about any of your closest friends who doesn't say much but does a lot to help you.

29. Write about the love and affection you have for your parents and how you wish to treat them in future when they will be old.

30. Write about any social issue that haunts you a lot and you wish to do something for that, for example, child trafficking, child abuse, animal abuse, rapes, people sent to porn or brothels forcefully (both males and females), domestic violence, workers treated as slaves, educational institutes as business models, the reality of government, hypocrisy, adulteration etc.

31. Write about the reformation or renaissance that you wish to see in your society.

32. Write about any scientific topic that fascinates you, like, the universe, the unexplored region of planet earth, the theory of relativity, etc.

33. Read at least a story or a poem on regular basis and try to write about that in your own way.

34. Write about any of the pain that you can express in words, for example, sore throat, headache, chest pain, sore feet, childbirth pain, post-operation pain, etc

35. Write about the favourite of yours, your hobby, your book, your poem, your food, your teacher, your place, your gem, your website, your app, your feature etc

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Anupam Mitu


Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on October 13, 2020:

I've tried some of these, and may try more. All great suggestions. Thank you.

FlourishAnyway from USA on October 11, 2020:

This is a nice list of ideas that should spur people to write.

Anupam Mitu (author) from MUMBAI on October 11, 2020:

Thank you so much Eric for giving your time to this post. How is Golly doing?

Lots of love and blessing

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on October 10, 2020:

You did a fine job here. I read the poems to let them sink in. Then came back to read your list. By golly my boy is starting to rhyme, so it is time for me to get back to it. I have yet to find a style of poetry I did not like, and I sure like yours.

Ann Carr from SW England on October 10, 2020:

You've encompassed many useful ideas here, for inspiring poetry in others. Well done.


Ankita B on October 10, 2020:

Lovely poems. I really enjoyed reading them. Thank you for sharing some helpful poetry writing ideas.

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on October 10, 2020:

Anupam, the ideas are welcomed. For years, I do not know. Until I began to put my reflfctions down on paper. I then got my first poem published. All the 35 ideas will stand the test of time. They made it for newbies to develop on a point or two. Many thanks.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on October 10, 2020:

Yes, poetry is my favourite addiction. :)

Anupam Mitu (author) from MUMBAI on October 10, 2020:

Thank you so much John.

Lots of love and blessings.

Poetry is a good addiction, isn't it? :-)

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on October 10, 2020:

Nice work Anupam, both your own poetry and the poetry writing ideas. By suggestions.

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