As it may seem easy putting your thoughts into words, especially when you have fresh encounters with prose and poems, there are still a few points you need to consider when you write a poem for the first time.
Determine your goal
Knowing your goal determines your poem’s entire context. If your goal is to meet the readers’ standards then expanding your scope of research according to their wants is a good option. Unless if you just want to express your thoughts into words without having to consider your readers’ approval then enjoy the liberty of writing your thoughts off.
Clichés can be described as an overused literary determinant. They can be very dull at times that audiences might even finish the entire sentence even without reading them. Be more concise and specific in a creative way instead of telling them something very familiar.
Get rid of sentimentality
Readers’ will most likely flinch from your attempt to incite some emotional response in them. Let them feel what they want to instead of inciting sentimentality in then.
Showing instead of telling them is among the fundamentals of every writer. As per the UWEC English professor, Peg Lauber, poetry should incite these senses: sight, hearing, smell, touch, tasting, and motion.
Employ metaphor and simile
Metaphors are statements that pretend one thing could be something else while a simile is a statement is comparing your subject to another with their similarity. Create imagery by employing these elements
Concrete words vs. abstract words
Concrete words are described as things that people experience through their senses while abstract words pertain to emotions or concepts. Abstract terms touch a broad scope of connotations and the audience may not perceive it the way they could comprehend to concrete terms.
A unified theme
Like any other genre, poetry should always come up with a theme rooting from your own idea and opinion. A brief description or an outline to guide what category your poem belongs to is a good way to start and communicate the theme to your readers.
Poetry like every literary genre comes with fundamental rules that you should go with. Although experimenting is never a bad thing, you can always rhyme only with extreme caution. You can try out anything new but don’t overdo it. See how Margaret Fourt Goka unfolds each of these basics to come up with her masterpiece The Woven Flag.