Poetry is one of the fulfilling creative forms of writing that anyone in the literary field would love to get involved with. One of the few challenges can be the guidelines that come with it or the choice you have to make as a poet if ruling out the guidelines would not hamper your profound ideas to naturally flow. So how these famous poets did it? Let’s root out some ideas to get you started in writing poems.
Understanding the benefits of poetry
While poetry appears just like a string of woven words and profound verses, it also has its own fair share of benefits that goes with it. Understanding its benefits will improve your knack in creating concrete metaphors. It is concise compared to other literary forms of writing. Poetry can impact your readers and establish an emotional connection.
Writing poems just like any literature constitution can earn you a professional qualification as a poet where you can make it a living. Knowing the advantages of poetry drives the motivation to write and provide a direction where your path is headed to.
Types of Poetry
You’ll sound more confident with your poetry when you have a basic background about its different types you can begin with.
- Narrative- This relies on a story. It tells an event and there are often a few extra elements, such as characters, a plot, and a strong narration. One example is Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven.
- Lyrical – a lyric poem is similar to a song, and it tends to describe a specific feeling, scene, or state of mind.
The 8 Essentials in Writing a Poem
- Structure of writing a poem- its structure can be in any form can go with different requirements in regards to length, lines, and stanzas. It can be in any of these forms: sonnets, haiku, acrostic, limerick, epic, couplet, and free verse.
2. Imagery- this is a powerful literary tool that draws the five senses.
3. Sound- the most basic sound used is rhyme but it’s unnecessary. Poetry’s sound also constitutes assonance, alliteration, and internal rhymes.
4. Meaning- it’s not just pure metaphors but each line has to have a meaning. Always choose minimalism and don’t write anything that doesn’t support any stanzas or to your overall theme.
5. Polish! – grant your poetry the refining needs it requires. Timelines are always ideal but don’t rush everything.
Pursue a goal when writing your poems. A unified theme with a complete structure can only be achieved when there’s an established goal. Margaret Fourt Goka shares her remarkable knack in blending her memories in one book The Woven Flag.