Writing poetry is a unique way of expressing many different and mixed feelings in just a couple of lines. A lot of people find it difficult to write a poem because of all the detail that goes in it, but if you think enough about the elements that construct it, then it could be a lot easier. Here are 8 things that could possibly help you write a great poem, that everyone would enjoy.

[*NOTE*: These are not facts, they are opinion based points, so do not think following these steps will guarantee you being on an Edgar Allan Poe level of poetry.]

8 Things To Remember That Will Make a Poem Great

  1. One word prompts or phrases. This narrows down the infinite amount of choices you have on what to write the poem about, which is what you want. 

  2. Prompts that instantly click with you. Seeing a prompt and you’re already forming stanzas in your head, are the ones best fit.

  3. Difficult prompts that need more work. Although finding prompts that click with you right away are wonderful, the ones that you find more difficult to use are usually also the ones that cause you to write better.

  4. Everyone has their own perception and feeling when reading. People picture the scenery and feel the emotions of the poem differently than you do, so take note of that when writing and responding to feedback. 

  5. Use the 5 senses and emotions of the poem wisely. While writing, it’s best to use the senses and carve the setting like that. Remember to stay in character and never change the emotion of the poem drastically or randomly. 

  6. Rhyme schemes catch the eye and make the reader enjoy the poem a little more. Not saying that free verse poems aren’t good, but I am saying that having a rhyme scheme could catch a bigger audience. 

  7. Length of the poem doesn’t matter. If you have 5-8 stanzas or even 1-3 stanzas, poetry is about the message and emotion, not about the length of the poem. 

  8. Always enjoy writing poetry. Never make it a burden to write poems because this will take the fun out of the process. Remember to love your work and not look at it shamefully.

If you agree or disagree with any of the points I made, feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section.

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17 thoughts

  1. For some reason I can’t comment on Community Pool, but I think your site looks nice. 🙂 My only suggestion: use more tags/categories! You can use up to 15, and while you don’t necessarily need that many, a few more may help more readers find you.

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    1. Thank you for the tip. I’ll add more tags from now on 🙂 For some reason, I thought someone told me that fewer tags is better, but I might’ve misunderstood. Anyway, thanks again!


  2. I’ve found that rhyme schemes can be a double-edged sword: the downside is that sometimes they sound contrived, and also make the poem sound a bit childlike, even when the topic isn’t kid-friendly at all. I agree with all of your other tips 🙂

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    1. So true, with rhyme schemes you have to watch carefully, but for me I enjoy writing them a lot because I like the whole rhyming.
      Thanks for leaving a comment too, I appreciate it a lot! :))


  3. I’d agree with all of these except number six. I’ve seen too much poetry destroyed by rhyme. My opinion would be, only use it if it really adds something, otherwise you’re forcing the poem into restraints that won’t do it any favours.
    Interesting post though and great tips for poets just starting out.

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    1. Thanks for throwing in your opinion! I do see how rhyming can put restraints on the poem because I, myself, have trouble sometimes trying to find words to rhyme with, but I always find a way to fit it to my liking. I enjoy free verse poems a lot because with them you can send the message of the poem way easier than a poem with a rhyme scheme.
      Thank you again 🙂


        1. I’ve done some experimental things with some poems, but for some reason I always end up doing the same and ordinary way of style. Which I don’t mind, but changing it up for the readers is better.
          Maybe for my post today I’ll try different styles in one poem.


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