If you are writing a poem about an experience you’ve had practice writing it in different ways to capture the feelings that the experience evoked in you.
Poetry speaks to the soul of the reader and evokes feelings in the reader that they may or may not relate to.
Here are some things that will help you:
- Have a theme. For example, bedtime
- Avoid cliches
- Use images, metaphors and similes
- try and see things differently from the way everyone else sees the theme
- use words that people experience with their senses. For example: hot, cold, warm, smell, touch, sound etc.
- Read your poem out loud and see how it sounds. Remember it doesn’t have to rhyme.
Here is an example of a poem I’ve written:
Dreaming of characters in my book
I’m part of the landscape
pulled in by a hook
don’t try and wake me
I want to stay for a while
I’m back in time
reliving it all
wanting to remember everything
when I wake
I’m the protagonist
my life is at stake
Artwork: Christian Schloe