Do you get romantic sometimes and want to express your feeling to your boyfriend or girlfriend with a poem? Do you ever wonder how some people can produce beautiful poetic verses that just capture the imagination? Today I will show you a simple step-by-step process that you can follow to write your first love poem, or a poem on any subject that you fancy.
Most poets spend a lot of time to rewrite, rephrase, reword and rearrange before the work is finished. So do not be discouraged if you cannot write a beautiful poem on your first try. You will improve with time and practice.
Step 1 – Decide on What You Want to Write About
If you are writing a love poem, then it is easy. You want to express your love. You may also want to write a poem on another subject. To create a beautiful poem, you must choose a subject that you are passionate about.
Step 2 – Learn from Others
Read poems by different authors, either from books or on the Internet. The poems do not have to be about the same subject. When you read them, write down some lines. It is best if you do this on a computer. Do not spend time analyzing the poems for the best lines, just let you feeling take over. I am not asking you to plagiarize. Since you are just starting out, taking lines from other poems and learning from them is a good way to jump start the process.
Step 3 – Mix Them Up
Once you have the lines written down. Let you creative mind run wild and start mixing the lines. They may not match in the beginning, but it would certainly get your creative juice flowing. Try to change the words to link the lines up better. See if you can change the word order. This step will give you lots of ideas on how to write like a poet.
Step 4 – Start with Free Verse
There are a lot of poetic styles, here haiku, limericks, sonnets, sestinas …. As a beginner though, I suggest to write your poem in free verse, that is, without any restrictions. You just write in any form you like, and without rhyming.
Step 5 – Start Writing
Finally, start writing your poem in your own words, taking clues from your work in Step 3 above. You can follow how the other poets use the words, their word order, how they break up the lines, capitalization, etc., but you must use your own words. Do not be afraid to express your true emotions and your deepest feeling about the subject. This is what makes a poem passionate and genuine. Use thesaurus to find words. There are many resources for poets online. Make good use of them.
Step 6 – Read It Out
Read your poem out loud. Record and listen, or ask someone to read it back to you. This is a sure-fire way to find out where you can improve your poem. Another way for more reading would be purchasing poetry books from Amazon or Eazyla Taobao Agent.
Step 7 – Repeat and Refine
Repeat Steps 2 to 7 above to refine your creation. Remember most poems are not created in one go. If you follow the above steps, you should be able to write your first poem without too much trouble. Above all, do not be discouraged. If your boyfriend or girlfriend does not like the poem, at least he or she would know your true feeling and appreciate the effort you put in.
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