This section covers various aspects of writing poetry. We commence with a 'Quick Start' to writing poetry and also cover the aims, the different terms and the various poetry forms. A checklist of ideas to help with writing poetry has also been included. We hope that these might prove useful.

Writing Poetry

Writing Poetry - Quick Start!
The art of Writing Poetry can be in a form which is as simple or as complicated as you wish. If you believe that you have a flair for this art form of Writing Poetry then probably the best way to start off is by practising your rhyming skills and start off having some really good fun by writing Limericks (have a look at this section of Poetry online to get some ideas).

Click the following link if you need information (definitions and examples) about different
Types of Poetry

Publishing Poetry or Self Publishing Poetry
Learning about writing poetry and reading the poetry of famous poets are the first steps to publishing poetry or self publishing poetry. Click one of the following links for help and information regarding publishing poetry, publishing a poetry book or even online poetry publishing and a list of poetry publishing companies.

Publishing Poetry
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Writing Poetry - The Aims
Writing Poetry is is a wonderful outlet for expressing ideas. Poetry can be used to convey ideas, information and feelings but, above all, it is a great means of entertainment. The elements to include are imagination and imagery and conveying these ideas by writing poetry which makes good use of rhythm, rhyme, tone and using the English language and its various means to enhance your work. The two most popular devices to enable you to do this when writing poetry is the use of metaphors (A figure of speech in which two things are compared like "the world's a stage") and Similes (A figure of speech in which two things are compared using the word "like" or "as.") The use of such devices when writing poetry allows the writer the broaden the images and meanings of everyday terms so that they take on a new dimension.

Writing Poetry - The different terms
There are many different terms used in the English language which help when constructing poetry - in a similar way to which the use of metaphors and similes were explained above. If you want to enhance the content when you write poetry then familiarise yourself with the terms. At the very least you will most certainly increase your knowledge and vocabulary! Click on the appropriate link for loads more information about literary terms

Writing poetry - The different forms of poetry
We have already considered a limerick as one form of poetry but there are many other forms to consider such as ballads, sonnets, odes, epitaphs, elegies and many more. What do they all mean and what are the differences in these various forms? Find out by clicking on the appropriate link for loads more information about these particular forms of poetry.

Writing poetry - Ideas that may help you to write poetry
  • Decide on the subject you wish to write about. Start with a familiar subject and then go on to some obscure subjects that you have previously never given much thought to

  • Think about something special or unique to the subject

  • List some descriptive words which may provide some clear information to the reader

  • Try to create pictures in the reader's mind - your aim is to fire the imagination

  • Express your feelings

  • Convey your feelings by the tone of your poetry

  • Bind the words and ideas together. Connect them by the use of rhyme which will provide your poetry with the element of repetition of identical or related sounds

  • Get some rhythm into your poetry - the number of lines and your choice of poetry form will help you with this. Song lyrics are poetry set to music - tap out the beat or rhythm when you are writing poetry, or reading poetry

  • Visual patterns - does your written poetry create a good pattern on the page?

  • Patterns of Sound - using alliteration, assonance and onomatopoeia can create sound effects. (Sorry about the use of these words but were back to the literary terms again!)

  • Read your poetry to a friend!

  • If you receive some constructive criticism don't be afraid to change your poetry accordingly!

  • Enjoy yourself - Writing poetry should be fun!

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The Poetry Online web site contains a huge selection of online poetry from the most celebrated authors. We do, however, appreciate that many of our visitors have similar aspirations. The vast range of different poetry styles and techniques used by the individual poets are fascinating and many of these classic and modern poetry forms are explained in our section about writing poetry. We believe that poetry is above all for pleasure but appreciate that for those studying the subject of poetry that the poetry terms and definitions used are vital for a greater understanding. This online poetry web site endeavours to provide as much information as possible for all students of Poetry. 

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