This poem is in the public domain. To Think of Time 1 To think of time—of all that retrospection! To think of to-day, and the ages continued henceforward! Have you guess'd you yourself would not continue? Have you dreaded these earth-beetles? Have you fear'd the future would be nothing to you? Is to-day nothing? Is the beginningless past nothing? If the future is nothing, they are just as surely nothing. To think that the sun rose in the east!
To think that we are now here, and bear our part! Not a day passes—not a minute or second, without a corpse! To think how eager we are in building our houses! To think others shall be just as eager, and we quite indifferent!
To think how much pleasure there is! Have you pleasure from looking at the sky? Do you enjoy yourself in the city? Or with your mother and sisters? Your farm, profits, crops,—to think how engross'd you are! Yourself, forever and ever! If otherwise, all came but to ashes of dung, If maggots and rats ended us, then Alarum! Then indeed suspicion of death. Do you suspect death? How beautiful and perfect are the animals! How perfect the earth, and the minutest thing upon it! The trees have, rooted in the ground! I swear I think there is nothing but immortality! Walt Whitman This Compost 1 Something startles me where I thought I was safest, I withdraw from the still woods I loved, I will not go now on the pastures to walk, I will not strip the clothes from my body to meet my lover the sea, I will not touch my flesh to the earth as to other flesh to renew me.
Copyright by Kwame Alexander. It does not suit my looks or years, It's more than time I should be wise, But by all the signs I recognise The pain of love, its sighs and tears. When the volcano erupted, many years ago this is what I told Celeste , a great number of people perished. Perhaps there is a favorite, typical character trait or action that this person does that would sum him or her up for you? S Saige Sep 29,
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Writing poetry can seem daunting, especially if you do not feel you are naturally creative or bursting with poetic ideas. With the right inspiration and approach, you can write a poem that you can be proud to share with others in class or with your friends. Brainstorming for Ideas Try a free write. Let your mind wander for minutes and see what you can come up with.
Write to a prompt. Make a list or mind map of images. You could also write about something you see right in front of you, or take a walk and note down things you see. Finding a Topic Go for a walk. Head to your favorite park or spot in the city, or just take a walk through your neighborhood. Use the people you see and the nature and buildings you pass as inspiration for a poem.
Write about someone you care about. Recall a special moment you shared with them and use it to form a poem that shows that you care about them.
Pick a memory you have strong feelings about. Close your eyes, clear your head, and see what memories come to the forefront of your mind. Pay attention to what emotions they bring up for you—positive or negative—and probe into those. Strong emotional moments make for beautiful, interesting poems. A metaphor is a great way to add unique imagery and create an interesting tone. This can clear up abstract ideas or images that are hard to visualize. This is a great tool if you want to play with the way your poem sounds.
To write a poem, start by picking a theme or idea you want to write about, like love or grief. Then, try to come up with creative metaphors to describe your theme or idea. For example, instead of writing "Love feels good," you could write "Love spread through my heart like a wildfire. Try to go outside and look for objects, or go somewhere where you might find inspiration for your poem.
For help choosing a structure for your poem, like a haiku, limerick, or sonnet, read the article! This article was co-authored by Stephanie Wong Ken. Categories: Featured Articles Writing Poetry. There are 17 references cited in this article, which can be found at the bottom of the page.
Sample Poems Sample Limerick. Sample Cinquain. Do writing exercises. A poem might start as a snippet of a verse, a line or two that seems to come out of nowhere, or an image you cannot get out of your head. You can find inspiration for your poem by doing writing exercises and using the world around you. Once you have inspiration, you can then shape and mold your thoughts into a poem.
Get inspired by your environment and those close to you. Pick a specific theme or idea. You can start your poem by focusing on a specific theme or idea that you find fascinating or interesting. Picking a specific theme or idea to focus on in the poem can give your poem a clear goal or objective. This can make it easier for you to narrow down what images and descriptions you are going to use in your poem. Choose a poetic form. Get your creative juices flowing by picking a form for your poem. There are many different poetic forms that you can use, from free verse to sonnet to rhyming couplet.
Read examples of poetry. To get a better sense of what other poets are writing, you may look through examples of poetry. You may read poems written in the same poetic form you are interested in or poems about themes or ideas that you find inspiring. Use concrete imagery. Avoid abstract imagery and go for concrete descriptions of people, places, and things in your poem. You should always try to describe something using the five senses: smell, taste, touch, sight, and sound. Include literary devices. Literary devices like metaphor and simile add variety and depth to your poetry.
Using these devices can make your poem stand out to your reader and allow you to paint a detailed picture for your reader. Try to use literary devices throughout your poem, varying them so you do not use only metaphors or only similes in your writing. Write for the ear. Poetry is made to be read out loud and you should write your poem with a focus on how it sounds on the page.
Writing for the ear will allow you to play with the structure of your poem and your word choice. Notice how each line of your poem flows into one another and how placing one word next to another creates a certain sound.
Avoid cliche. Your poetry will be much stronger if you avoid cliches, which are phrases that have become so familiar they have lost their meaning. Go for creative descriptions and images in your poem so your reader is surprised and intrigued by your writing. If you feel a certain phrase or image will be too familiar to your reader, replace it with a more unique phrase. Read the poem out loud. Once you have completed a draft of the poem, you should read it aloud to yourself. Notice how the words sound on the page.
Pay attention to how each line of your poem flows into the next. Keep a pen close by so you can mark any lines or words that sound awkward or jumbled. Get feedback from others. You can also share your poem with other poets to get feedback from them and improve your poem. You may join a poetry writing group, where you workshop your poems with other poets and work on your poetry together. Or you may take a poetry writing class where you work with an instructor and other aspiring poets to improve your writing. You can then take the feedback you receive from your peers and use it in your revision of the poem.
Revise your poem. Once you have received feedback on your poem, you should revise it until it is at its best. Use feedback from others to cut out any lines to feel confusing or unclear. Make sure every line of the poem contributes to the overall goal, theme, or idea of the poem. End it with the most emotional word the darkest, happiest or even saddest word you can think of. Yes No. Not Helpful 72 Helpful Read plenty of poetry. Study them. Think about the ones that touch you deeply.
What did you like about them? And then sit down and listen to your heart. The right words will come. Not Helpful 90 Helpful Spend time in nature, looking around and seeing what inspires you. If you can't get outside, look at online images of nature, or your own photos from a visit to a park or the countryside. Write down a list or mind map of words that are inspired by thinking about nature.
Include your emotions. Then use this brainstorming preparation to write your poem, basing it on how nature makes you feel, what you like about nature and what sorts of things other people can get from understanding their relationship to the natural world. Not Helpful 97 Helpful Sure, as long as you're not copying the lyrics of the song besides maybe a key line or two if you want, ideally used in your own, different way. Poetry can be inspired by anything.
Not Helpful 13 Helpful What do I do if I can't stop crying while I write and recite emotional poetry? It's fine, you can cry.