Many have asked me how to write poetry. Basically, what it takes to write a poem.
The truth is that it is something I had never thought about, as I usually write in free style what comes to mind, but I will try to help those that do not know how to begin.
By following these tips, writing poetry may not be so difficult.
How to write poetry for the public
1. DECIDE ON THE STYLE OF YOUR POEM.
Is it going to be free verse? How many verses will it have? Will it read with assonance or alliteration? Will you use the first person or not? For example, I prefer alliteration and using my own structure, without metric and rhyme in all verses. This depends on each one, I particularly like the free poem because I see it as being more creative, but the point is settling on all these matters before starting to write.
These are some points you may decide before starting to write:
Type of rhyme.
Metric (number of syllables).
Number of verses.
Type of voice (first person singular, plural, third person….).
Use of literary resources (Will you use some? Which ones?).
2. SPEAK FROM THE HEART
Poetry is soul, so try to connect with your inner being to communicate all what you are feeling. It does not have to be about your life; a social injustice, for example, can also be the source of inspiration for some good verses. Be true to yourself and this will reflect on what you write.
3. BE CLEAR ON YOUR MESSAGE
What is it that you want to tell the audience? If you do not know exactly what the objective of your poem is, it will be difficulty making the muses call to your door. Visualize your objective to reach the goal.
4. DECIDE WHETHER YOU WILL USE LITERARY RESOURCES
Literary resources are very common in poems, so try to get familiar with them and see which can be useful to transmit your message. I, for instance, like using metaphors in my poetry.
5. DECIDE WHERE YOU ARE GOING TO WRITE
I like to write poetry by hand, in a notebook where I write and scratch to my liking. Moreover, I like being alone and listening to classical music to relax. Try several places before deciding which is the more comfortable for you.
6. CORRECT YOUR TEXT
If it is the first time you write poetry, there is nothing better that online communities, where you can obtain an objective opinion on what you have written. Check the spelling and grammar; remember that poetry is based on the beauty of words…