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Creative Writing Tips: How to Write A Poem

By Jenni Harrison | Poetry

Creative Writing Tips: How to Write A Poem

Poetry is a great way to express emotions, write about something you love or simply have fun with words! Here we take you through the process of writing a poem.

There are so many different types and styles of poetry that it would be impossible to write about them all here, so this is an overview to help you plan and write a poem in any form.

1. Pick a subject – what will your poem be about?

2. Decide the poem's focus. If it’s a really large subject are you going to write about it as a whole, or will you focus on a smaller part within the topic?


Subject: Climate change

Poem focus: a polar bear struggling to find food

Subject: Spring

Poem focus: baby animals being born

3. Decide what the purpose of your poem is:

• Make the reader feel an emotion

• Convey a message

• Educate or inform

• Express your opinion

• Express your feelings

• Entertain

4. Think about what you want to include in your poem. Using a mind map can be helpful here. Write down as many things connected to your topic as you can think of. You can include:

• Key words

• Phrases

• Images

• Verbs, adjectives and nouns

• Feelings and emotions

• Images

5. Now you can start to form some lines for your poem. Write simple sentences at this stage, just so you get the content of what you want to say.

6. What emotion or tone do you want to have? Knowing this will affect the words and language you choose to use.

• Funny

• Sad

• Informative

• Angry

• Cheerful

• Hopeful

• Nostalgic

• Inspiring

7. Decide if you will include any poetic techniques.









Don’t overuse them though! They can be great tools to make your poem interesting, but if you use too many it will take away from your poem’s message or purpose.

8. Now it’s time to write your first draft!

• Rewrite your simple sentences, thinking about vocabulary and the techniques above to make them more poetic.

• Decide what order to put your lines in – what gives the greatest impact?

• Will your poem follow a specific poetry style or be free verse? You can find out about different poetic styles here.

• Will it have a rhyming scheme? You may have to edit lines or play around with the order if so. Remember – a non-rhyming poem can be stronger than a poem that has been forced to rhyme. Don’t use rhyme if it affects the meaning of your lines. If you do use rhyme, you don’t have to use it all the way through!

• Will it be split into verses?

• Think about the line lengths and punctuation you want to use.

9. Give your poem a title!

10. Let a friend or family read your poem. They can tell you lines that work, and any that may need changing or improving. Don’t be offended! Feedback and editing are important parts of writing!

Finally… once you’ve polished your poem and it’s the best it can be, enter it into the Annual Showcase 2024 for the chance to win £100!

If you’re on social media, you can also post your poem and tag us, we’d love to read/hear it! Find us on X(Twitter), Facebook, Instagram and TikTok.

Published: Wed 31st Jan 2024

Leave a comment


Nice poem rules, they were epic!
by E van akawung - 12-02-2024 09:06
So helpful
by Annabelle - 10-02-2024 11:56
Thank you! This is so helpful.
by Habeebat - 09-02-2024 20:01
jenni ur my favourite blog writer EVERRR!!
by Sophie - 31-01-2024 11:39
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