Topic: How to write a love poems
May 22, 2019 / By Jodene Question:
I really love poems.....can u guys give me a title of a book that conains great poems or u can just give me some advice on how to write a poem........(simple steps plz.)
Gaila | 3 days ago
There are many different kinds of poems some of the easier ones are:
Haiku-these don't have to rhyme, they are three lines the first line has five sylables, the second line has seven, and the third line has five. They usually describe something.
Couplets-these are two consecutive rhyming lines. By writing many sets of couplets on the same topic and arranging them in a logical order, you can have a very nice poem.
There are other rhyming patterns for poems, but they are a little harder.
Hint: If you're trying to write a rhyming poem and get stuck go to rhymezone.com. It searches for rhyming words, synanoms, antenyms, and gives definitions for different words. I usually use this when I am writing a poem and get stuck.
Things to consider (that may or may not help in the writing process):
1) Who is the speaker of your poem? Is it written from the point of view of a person? Or maybe it's from a raindrop's point of view. Or a rainbow. Or maybe even something non-weather related that has continuously weathered the storm like a wheelbarrow or a house. Think about who you want to tell the story. This helps establish a foundation for which to build your poem upon and will also help you stay focused on one central idea. After all, Perspective is everything.
2) Create some type of setting. And it doesn't have to be solely physical. Maybe it's a historical setting (like in the poem "The Death of Lincoln"). Maybe you describe more about the social/cultural setting where you focus on people and their culture and ethnic backgrounds, or socioeconomic status, or religious beliefs, etc. It could even be so much as an emotional state (ex. someone describing what it's like to be inside their anger). The setting will give your speaker a place to be, so that you may describe what you see there through the speaker's eyes.
3) Tell us what's happening. This is sometimes difficult because people often overthink it with the belief that all poetry has to have this deep, underlying message that transcends the human soul blah blah blah. Try not to focus so much on that in the beginning stages of writing. Focus more on a basic plot and let the rest come as you go along. When you have a character and have defined the setting in which the character will be, think about what will happen to that character along the way (this could be a brief occurrence or a really long story. It doesn't have to be crazy or unusual. It's okay if it's even a simple, everyday thing). Is the speaker speaking literally of storms with rain and lightning--maybe they describe the relief one feels when a storm passes. Or maybe the speaker was a part of the storm and now it's over, which subsequently ends the speaker's life as well. Or perhaps the storm is not a physical storm, but a metaphorical storm instead. In which the setting is the death of a loved one or an argument with a friend that the speaker is finally coming to terms with. What is the plot. When you have a speaker and you have a setting, tell what's happening.
4) Next you should establish a mood. Poetry is all about tone and mood and connotation. That's the part that makes poetry such an emotional work of literature. You could write the most boring plot ever and as soon as you add a mood and tone, people start reading it at their wedding and tattooing it all over their bodies. But don't get this confused with the message of the poem or the deep lesson we as the audience should learn. That is not what I mean by mood. The best way to create a mood is to first have a draft of your plot. Just write out a little story board of what is happening in the scene you've created without all the fancy words and rhyming and whatnot. Just a plain Jane this happens, then this happens, I see this, that, and this. When you have that written out, think about how your speaker feels. Now note, some of the best poetry is the type that's written about something in a mood that compares or contrasts with what a person might typically feel in the given situation. Ex: people are commonly scared of thunderstorms, and then once the storm has passed, they feel relieved that it is over. Maybe this speaker is the opposite. Maybe thunderstorms make the speaker feel relieved because of the promise it brings to wash everything away and then once the storm has passed the speaker feels scared. Or maybe if you are not writing about literal thunderstorms, you might compare the act of losing religious faith to that of a person overcoming their fear of storms. What do you want the audience to feel when they read this poem? Sadness? Happiness? Anger? Curiosity? Relief? Laziness? Also note that one poem can also have more than one tone at a time. Sometimes the poem starts out happy and ends sad. Or starts in light and ends in dark. When you know what feeling(s) you want to portray, it helps to make a few lists of words related to these feelings. These are words you will later insert into your poem that will give it the mood you desire.
5) That leads to tone. The tone can sometimes create the mood, no doubt. But I included it as it's own section because maybe you create a tone that contrasts with your mood. In that sense, tone is the way in which you say it. Maybe the mood is really sad and depressing, but the speaker speaks of it with hope and a positive outlook. Or perhaps the mood is happy and upbeat (like a Mary Poppins remake) but the speaker talks about it as if happiness itself was the cause of any and all misery. It's like your taking those feelings and interpreting them through the eyes of the speaker. Because again, perspective is everything. I don't interpret my feelings the way you interpret yours the way a wheelbarrow might interpret its own were it actually a living object. Think of the mood as more of what you want the audience to feel. And the tone as what the speaker feels. They also can be similar or contrast, but it's important to establish them in some way.
6) Try to write a few drafts where you put it all together. Play around with different ideas that you had along the way. Poetry is beautiful because it's not about perfection. Don't try to make it perfect, just try to make it say what you want to say. At this point, add various literary devices (i.e similes, metaphors, imagery, rhetorical devices, hyperbole, etc.). Wikipedia has a huge list of literary devices with descriptions and examples of each. Look through them and find the ones that best convey the tone and mood you've set, or that describe your setting or plot in a way that is unusual and sticks out. Play around with sentence length, rhythm, and rhyme (which are two different things btw). This is where you mold and shape it in a way that flows or perhaps it doesn't flow or doesn't flow in the way one might expect.
And that's the basis of what you will need to write your poem, written for you in a way that might make it easier to come up with more ideas. You could even make individual lists step-by-step of ideas so that you focus on one piece and build the poem over time. I know it's a lot to take in (and believe it or not, I haven't even begun to really get into it), but I hope this helps.
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