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Tips on Writing Poetry for Young Poets

By Gary R. Hess. Category: Poetry

Writing poetry has always been about emotion; thrilling, bitterness and even humorous. Although it sounds simple enough, it isn't always. Poetry can be as complicated or as frivolous possible, it's all up to the author. If you are new to poetry, you might want to check out the article titled Poetry Definition.

Poetry is food for thought and all food has its ingredients. Young poets, try using these tips to help you write better poems.

Writing poetry techniques

Show all senses.

A genuine poem offers its readers a variety of senses to endure while reading.

  1. Smell.

    Give the readers a mental smell of the scene. Create a situation where the reader can distinguish between a 'good' or 'bad' scent.

  2. Touch.

    Is it rough, smooth, pleasurable? Give the reader a way to 'touch' the scenery.

  3. Sight.

    What does it look like? Describe the scenery, describe the situation. Use words which will describe it easily without going too far into detail.

  4. Sound.

    Does it screech? Does it yelp? Or is it smoothing and sensual? Again, let the situation give a sense of what the surroundings sound like.

  5. Taste.

    Is it salty or bitter? It doesn't always have to be food that has a taste. It could be a situation which leaves a 'bad taste in your mouth' or even a good taste.

Have a point.

Why are you writing? What is it about? Although not always directly, show your readers the path to the meaning of the poem. Say what you want to say, but still let your readers decide on what the true meaning is.

Have rhythm.

To be considered a poem, a writing must have rhythm. Let the meters flow smoothly off the tongue. This doesn't mean the poem has to have the same number of syllables every line or even every other. It means to allow the reader not to get tongue twisted while going line to line. Give it flow.

Don't rhyme unless it fits.

Not all poems rhyme, in fact the majority do not. Many amateur writers tend to force rhymes where it doesn't need to be. Only use it when it fits the overall poem and helps bring the emotion to the reader.

Give the poem characteristics.

A poem doesn't always have to fit inside a genre. Make it your own style. Use as much voice as possible. Show that there is a person behind the poem.

Hope you enjoyed the advice.