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8 Rules for Writing Good Poetry


April is Poetry Month and we will continue to focus on poetry, the elements of poetry, the rules to writing a good poem and how to write a poem. Today we will be looking at a few rules for writing good poetry. 1. Read a lot of poetry If you want to get better at something they tell you to practice. If you want to write poetry you need to start reading poetry. Read different types of poems, I know some of them can be well confusing if this is your first time, but start with a poem you like or maybe one that you've heard about. Just read the poem and let the words flow. 2. List to live poetry readings Poetry readings are very exciting which is why IABX created an event to host poets and have them express the literary word in this form. By listening to the sounds of good poetry, you discover the beauty of its construction—the mix of stressed syllables and unstressed syllables, alliteration and assonance, a well placed internal rhyme, clever line breaks, and more. You’ll never think of the art form the same way once you hear good poems read aloud. (Check out our Author Speaks tonight 4/19 @ 6pm on Facebook Live and Youtube as we host 2 poets who will be performing their poems) 3. Start Small


Try writing a simple rhyming poem, which is the style we are most familiar with growing up or one of my favorite styles - an acrostic poem. An acrostic poem if you remember the first word in the line spells out a particular word or phrase. Don't worry about the length, as they say quality or quantity.


4. Don't worry about the first line


A lot of times we get stuck on the introduction, the first chapter. It is no different when writing poetry. Your first draft is just that, your first draft. Start where you are comfortable and go back to the first line to write it or polish it. Sometimes having the end will give you a better feel of how to begin.


5. Use the tools you have


When starting out for the first time, you may write a rhyming poem. If you need help finding words that rhyme don't hesitate to use a dictionary or google. As long as you understand the meaning of the word and how it will affect your content. You don't want to use a word that will detract from the thought you want to share.


6. Tell a story with your poem


If you've ever heard a poem that tells a story, then you are listening to a narrative poem. Someone once said, "The things I couldn't say out loud I put them in a song". If you think about it a song is a poem with a few repeating verses. Don't be afraid to use the form to tell your story.


7. Use poetic devices


Most poems that evoke a feeling are enhance because of the literary devices that were used. We talked about some of the devices in the previous weeks for example - metaphors, simile, symbolism, imagery. They can be used in the simplest from of poetry to the more complex where you are guided by rules.


8. Talk to other poets


Connect with other poets either at poetry readings, poetry slams or attending poetry writing classes. In a group you can share your work and get valuable feedback when you recite you poems out loud. Develop a tribe who can encourage you and inspire you to improve your craft.



What is your favorite type of poetry? Share with us one of your poems on our website. We would love to see what you have written for Poetry Month.

Happy Writing!

From IABX ***Source Internet

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