how to write a poem - 5 easy tips [2020]

Want to write and publish your own poem, or want to improve your writing skills or want to express your emotions through beautiful poetry ?

Here are 5 easy and important tips on How to write a poem.So here is our in-depth blog about writing an impressive poem :

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1) Choose a topic (What to write on ?)

Deciding what to write your poem on is the first thing you should do. 

Many people do not start writing only by thinking “How to Write a Poem ? “or “How to start ? ” and end up writing nothing.

So lets begin with the first and the primary step you need to write your first poem.

how to write a poem - 5 easy tips [2020]

Selecting a topic for writing a poem can be very confusing or frustrating at times.

Usually a poem is written around the writer’s mood, feeling or state of mind. So you can start writing your first poem about your current mood or feelings.

Another effective way about choosing a topic to write your poem on is –

to note down a list of emotions you can recall and another parallel list of objects or scenes you want to involve in your poem and then combining items 

to decide on a central image from both the lists to see what suits the tone of your poem individually.

You can also take inspiration from life events, fiction ideas, or environment to set and decide the scene of your poem.

Hence choosing a central theme or topic to write your poem is the first and probably the most important step towards writing your poem.

2) Choose the correct Poetic Form :

A poem maybe of different form and choosing the correct form according to the theme of your poem.

how to write a poem - 5 easy tips [2020]

Below is the list of some poetic forms, that would help you to select the correct form of poetry:

– Blank verse : Poetry written with a precise meter and does not rhyme.

– Rhymed poetry : Poetry containing stanzas and lines that follow a certain rhyming scheme throughout the poem.

– Free verse : This form lacks consistent rhyme scheme, metrical pattern or musical form.

– Epics : This is the lengthy narrative work of poetry.

– Narrative : Similar to an epic, this form narrates a story throughout the poem.


– Haiku : A three lined poetic form which has a fixed amount of syllables in each line

– Pastoral Poetry : A poem that concerns the natural world, rural life and landscapes.

– Sonnet : A sonnet is a 14 line poem, typically concerning the topic of love.

– Elegies : This form reflects upon death or loss. 

– Ode : An Ode is a tribute to its subject.

– Limerick : A five line poem that consist of a single stanza with an AABBA rhyme schemes.

– Lyric Poetry : Lyric poetry refers to broad category of poetry that concerns feelings and emotions.

– Ballad : A form of narrative verse that can be either poetic or musical. 

– Villanelle : A nineteen line poem consisting of five tercets and a quartrain with a highly specified internal rhyme scheme.

– Soliloquy : A monologue in which a character speaks to him or herself.

3) Choose the correct Poetic devices 

Choosing the correct poetic device for your poem is another very important step as it sets in the right tone for your poem.


Given below is a list of some Poetic devices, choose carefully which of the below poetic device suits the tone of your poem the best :

– Repetition : Repetition is a good aid to help the reader understand the theme of your poem. If your poem contains a main point you wish to convey, or a message you want to resonate, try adding repetition to your poem. (example)

-Rhyme : Rhyme is far and away my favorite device. Using a good rhyme scheme in your poem which includes rhyming syllables at the end of your lines in a way that it sounds pleasing to the readers.(example)

-Alliteration : It is a phonetic alignment and repeated use of a sound or letter in the first syllable of a word. Alliteration can be used for any combinations of two words or more.

-Metaphor : Metaphors are figurative means of comparing something to another unrelated entity in order to contrive the full meaning or impact of something.

-Similes : Much like a metaphor, a simile is used as a comparison or analogy.The difference is that simile uses the words ‘like’ or ‘as’.

-Personification : It is defined as attributing a human characteristic to an inanimate object or notion.(example)

-Hyperbole : This is a rhetoric art of exaggeration. This tool allows you to blow something way out of proportion. While the right usage of this tool can enhance your poem, excessive use may even lead in a total diminishing of your stanza.

-Other important Poetic devices include Assonance, Onomatopoeia, Irony etc.

4) Create and Maintain Tension and keep it simple :

Creating and Maintaining tension is also a vital practice to keep while writing a poem.

Tension here means a relationship between ideas or qualities with conflicting demands or implications.

Three major types of Tension in poetry are :- Conflict/ Narrative tension, Theoretic/ Substantial tension, Formal/ Structural tension

Even though this is a difficult art to master in the world of poetry, but comes in handy after a bit of practice.

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Hence along with creating tension in your poem, try of keep it simple and don not over complicate it with many different ideas as this would only lead to create a confusion for the reader.

So I suggest you to keep your writing crisp and simple and focusing more on the quality of your work rather than its quantity.

5) Avoid Cliches :

Avoid Cliches while thinking and writing your poem.

Selection of words is vital in poem writing and proves to be one of the most important things in determining the quality and originality of the poem.

So I would strongly advice you to avoid cliches and go with innovative words and go with the feelings that feel intuitive at points you feel stuck.

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The Bonus tip I have for all of you to start writing a poem, is to “just start writing it”.

Believe me on this, once you sit with a fresh mind, and start writing on something, you will discover that you have a high potential to write better than you think and you will be able to pour your thoughts onto the paper with a beautiful flow.

To summarize the 5 tips for writing a good poem are :

– 1 -Choose the topic (What to write on ?)

– 2 – Choose the correct form

– 3 – Choose a suitable poetic device

– 4 – Maintain Tension

– 5 – Avoid Cliches and be creative 

# Just go for it

So to all those who will start writing a poem, 
I hope you will keep these 5 tips in mind and that these would really prove to be helpful to you during your journey.

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Cheers !

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