When reading a poem, you probably make your own mind up about how or why it was written. They can seem ever so deep and complex, but the truth is; anybody can write poem that sounds that deep and complex. Seriously, even you! Poems can grow from strange objects you’ve found, or even words somebody has said to you. The first step is to take out a pad and pen – it’s best if the pen is one of those fancy ones that feels as if you aren’t even writing with it. Make sure you have enough time to think about this too…approximately 1 hour should do it. This will allow you to take your time with each tip so you can think of the perfect line. Let’s begin:
Unique Ways to Put Your Poem Together
- Make a list of 5 things you did today, in the order you did them and describe how you felt, what you saw, etc.
- Use slant rhymes in your poems. This is where a pair of words share one or two consonants instead of vowels. So rather than using the words mine and line, you’d use mine and moon, or long and thing.
- Write down 3 colours as quickly as you can, then describe them.
- Write down 3 questions you’d ask if you could never ask another question ever again.
- Write down a dream you’ve had recently, or even a recurring one you have. If you can’t remember a dream, it’s totally fine to make one up.
- Write down an early childhood memory, using language that you would have used as a child.
- Make a list of your favourite objects and then describe them in detail.
- Write down a forbidden thought to someone who would understand what you were talking about.
- Write down a forbidden thought to somebody who would not understand.
- Think of 3 things people have said to you in the past few days. Try to quote them as closely as you possibly can.
- Think of the last time you were in pain, either physically or emotionally. Now think of an animal – if your pain could have been an animal, what would it have been? Why? Describe the animal in detail.
Now you can go about putting your poem together. For example, you could use one of the questions you chose in the first line, the colours you picked out more than once where you can fit them in, and a description of an object or animal. You could even change the meaning of things – the description of the animal could be better suited to your dad rather than your pain, for example. This is a great way to write poems for home learning courses, just be sure you follow the course criteria too.
You can choose whether you’d simply like to use part of this material, or all of it. However, feel free to rearrange it in any way you like. Your poem could be between 20-30 lines, but there are no real rules. Think of the poem as a kind of dream you’re inventing, but don’t force it. No human experience is unique, but we all have our own individual ways of putting language together. Have fun creating your poem!