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12 Ideas for Poem Themes

By Gary R. Hess. Category: Poetry

Regardless of how much experience you have as a writer, there will always be a time when you have writer's block. When that happens, it doesn't matter if you are the next Stephen King or just an average Joe. You won't be able to think of what topic to use or even what style. You are stuck!

I know that feeling. I have been there many, many times. And like you, I didn't know how to get out of it. I tried everything. However, what always helps me get out of writer's block is writing something new and about something I care about.

To make things easier for everyone, here is a short list of the most used themes in poetry. This list will hopefully give you a kick - or at least a little budge - on what your next poem will be about.

Also check our article on the fifty-five ways to write poetry!
  1. Parents

    Bad memories, good memories? Writing poems about someone close helps the reader relate to what is being said.

  2. Love

    Romance always brings emotion. When speaking of a relationship, others fantasize about what they could have; forcing them to want more.

  3. Past relationships

    Broken heart, love gone bad or just childhood memories. All mentioned have been proven to draw readers.

  4. Friends

    Have a funny story or just a friend you will never forget? Write about it! Just make sure it has rhythm.

  5. Friend betrayals

    Tell your story. What happened to make you part?

  6. Interests

    Is there a certain TV show you just can't stop watching? How about that new book that just came out? Watch out for copyrights.

  7. Hobbies

    What do you do in your free time and what do you love about it? Share it with the world in meters!

  8. Celebrities

    Have a funny tale about an actor? Just be careful, you don't want to be sued in the process.

  9. Nature

    Aw, isn't that dog cute! And the way those leaves are blowing today, ohhhh the sunset. How much more perfect could it be - for a poem?

  10. Politics

    Don't you just hate the way those right wingers are controlling our government? And how about those left wingers? They just boil my cucumber!

  11. Astronomy

    The stars are beautiful tonight, Saturn is finally showing... I hope Mars doesn't get too jealous.

  12. School

    Lunch time in the cafeteria is always an adventure - not to mention all the drama that goes on during it. Drama is poetries best friend.

These are just some ideas for your next poetry theme. If nothing else, hopefully it helped you brainstorm for your own unique theme idea.