Don’t overdo prepositions, adjectives, and adverbs.
Use action verbs, not “to be” verbs
Help the reader interact with the poem.
Help the reader relate by focusing on particular objects, not generalizing a type of object (whether the object is physical, mental, or spiritual).
Find unusual subject matter — a teapot, a shelf, a wall
Keep a notebook with you at all times so you can write whenever (and wherever) inspiration strikes.
Sometimes it is a scratching secret, wanting out, wanting to be in the world but held back by fear. Either way there is something about the act of sharing with the world, however big or small that world might be, that completes the creative process.
If you want to capture a feeling that you experienced, then you don’t need these tips. Just write whatever feels right. Only you experienced the feeling that you want to express, so only you will know whether your poem succeeds.
Bea visited me this morning. It was the first time since they moved out of this house. She still could not really walk around when they moved. Today she first walked with her mum, to see the cows across the road.
She came inside and had a look outside on the deck while her parents looked around.
Time to go home and she did not really want to go. She went back, going up the three steps, onto the deck and then jumping off into Daddies’ arms.
Everyone is very welcome to enter and age is no barrier.
Write any kind of poem that you like, (the below prompt for this month, is merely a suggestion); it can be fun or serious.
Write in any language that pleases you, and note that it certainly doesn’t have to be in English. As this is a joint challenge I, from Scrapydo2, will also post the challenge in Afrikaans on my blog, so if that language suits you better, visit her
Add the A an I Poetry badge if you so wish. (optional)
Publish the poem on your blog before the 27th day of that month adding the tagA and I Poetry Challenge to your post.
Once you publish your blog post, please leave a comment here on this page and also at Amanda’s blog listing the URL link to YOUR poem. [Others can then find their way to your post and we build a supportive community of poets who visit, read and comment on other’s poetry.
**If you don’t post the link to our blogs with your poetry, it is really hard for us to find you and include a link back to your blog, for the next month’s challenge.
Poetry Challenge – May Prompt
*Write a poem using this photograph or one of your own as inspiration.
N.B. If you choose to use your own photo, please post the photo along with the poem.
Formatting – Tools to help you format your poems on your blog, including how to add extra lines in your post without WordPress expunging them on posting, can be found here
Live your poem. When you write, imagine you are a participant in your poem. Look around. See what’s happening. Feel the texture of the sticky pine cone. Feel how difficult it is to pull your fingers apart to type afterwards. Listen to the sounds around you. A robin? A whippoorwill? A Tasmanian devil? Smell your panic. Taste the dryness on your tongue, the thin salt. Activate all your senses. Galway Kinnell once said, “If you’re going to write about a frog, become that frog. Inhabit frogness.”
Don’t think too much, just write it down. Ray Bradbury once said, “Throw yourself off a cliff and build your wings on the way down.” Don’t think too much about what I’m going to write. Let the poem create itself. Discover what you are doing in the process of doing it. It evolves as you put pen to paper.
Incorporate poetry devices
What else can make your poetry shine like the summer sun? Imagery, metaphors, and the symbolism-to name just a few poetry devices-are subtle ways to improve your poetry. By adding rhyme, irony, or tone to your work, you create a phoenix from a dead piece of paper.
Readers enjoy poetry with meaning, that has a beat or an easy flow, and can be secretive but not beyond their understanding. Great poets know exactly how to incorporate the many elements of poetry into their work.
Research the many poetry devices (others include simile, figurative language, synecdoche, allegories, and musical devices) and begin practising with them in your own poetry. Write a poem with a theme you enjoy but base it on irony or a metaphor. Continue to practice each device and work them all into different poems to experience each one’s effect.
You can find many examples and ways to use poetry devices by reading books on the subject or doing a simple search online. Study and learn each device, because you never know when one might work perfectly for what you are trying to write. And by diversifying your abilities, you make yourself a much better writer.
In a nutshell:
Use poetry devices to give your work substance.
Readers enjoy reading poetry with inner meaning or special attributes.
It takes practice, hard work, and dedication to master devices like Symbolism, Imagery, or Rhyme.
Finding out about each poetry device is easy; just search online or at your local bookstore or library.
“Wow, here comes a truck!” Sarah lifted her skirt up, showing her well shaped tanned leg.
Sarah needed to hurry up and get herself a ride to the next town.
“I just have to keep on flashing my legs,” she thought.”I really need to get a ride soon. My fiance won’t wait if I am not there on time.”
The big truck stopped next to Sarah in a cloud of dust. Out jumped the well-built, good looking young driver.
“Hello, gorgeous! You wanna lift? Where you wanna go?”
He opened the truck’s door.
Sarah started to explain: “I’m on my way …..”
The truck driver grabbed her and pushed her onto the front seat. A pair of other hands pulled her inside. In a state of shock Sarah thought:”What are they going to do to me? I never should have flashed my legs!”