Writing Poetry

April is National Poetry Month. So I thought it would be fitting to write about writing poetry. There are almost as many types of poetry as there are subjects and emotions to write about. There are free style poems, haikus, limericks, and sonnets, just to name a few. Then there’s the structure and technique of poetry writing. The structure or “rules” of poetry is what makes most children shy away from writing poems. It can be intimidating to consider how many lines, syllables or stanzas your poem should be. Is it a haiku or a sonnet? What about rhyme and meter or iambic pentameter? It’s no wonder most children give up on such a daunting task.

The first rule of writing poetry should be, “write from your heart.” Just let the words flow. It can be any subject, from feet to love. No matter what subject you choose, your poem will be in your own unique voice and that’s what makes it special. The structure and technique can come later. Getting the words down is what’s most important. Evoking an emotional reaction from the reader is the main purpose of a poem. It’s not how many lines or syllables it has, or if it rhymes or not.

Below are some examples of a few of my favorite poets. I hope they inspire you to write your own poem or maybe to help your child see that writing poetry doesn’t have to be a chore. It can be a fun, creative way to express yourself. Please feel free share a poem with me. You can post it in the comments section. Thanks for stopping by. ❀

Dr. Suess, my favorite poet of all time, writes about feet in The Foot Book. No subject is off limits when it comes to poetry. :)

Dr. Suess, my favorite poet of all time, writes about feet in The Foot Book. No subject is off limits when it comes to poetry. πŸ™‚

Shel Silverstein poems can always make me smile. :)

Shel Silverstein poems can always make me smile. πŸ™‚

Robert Frost captured nature at its best in this lovely poem, Stopping by a Woods on a Snowy Evening.

Robert Frost captured nature at its best in this lovely poem, Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening.

No one wrote about strength and courage like Maya Angelou.

No one wrote about strength and courage like Maya Angelou.

Pablo Neruda wrote so eloquently about love in his beautiful poem, Your Laughter.

Pablo Neruda wrote so eloquently about love in his beautiful poem, Your Laughter.

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