Poetry, the free genre par excellence! But the possibilities offered by the writing of a poem is not without constraints. The poet is more than a writer, he is ultimately a composer and artist of language. Today, we give you some tips on how to try your hand at poetic art.
Find a unique theme
A poem is a short literary work that is characterized by its unique form. Since it is about celebrating or denouncing a subject that is particularly close to your heart, it is better to devote yourself to this single theme without spreading yourself too thin. Love, suffering, life, etc., are universal themes that are often found in poetry. It’s up to you to make an allegory of what inspires you, so that the lines of your poem will revolve around this simple word to become something sublime.
Define a lexical field
Finding this theme will allow you to define a lexical field. That is, the rhetorical set of terms that relate to it, such as the words “forest”, “tree”, “flowers” if you are writing a poem about nature. You can start by grouping the words you want to rhyme with. Listing these many words will help you compose beautiful verses and the richness of your vocabulary will guide readers to better understand what you have tried to illustrate through your poem.
Simple and melodious words
You don’t become a Baudelaire overnight. If you’re writing poetry for the first time, keep your sentences terse and harmonious, but don’t get caught up in awkward lyrical flights of fancy. Choose words you know and let your pen guide you, naturally…
The stanza determines the length of the poem as a group of verses joined together and the size of the stanza is mainly determined if the poem forms a homogeneous group of stanzas with regular verses (same number of feet) or if the choice to alternate stanza lengths is made. The best known is the sonnet, made up of two quatrains (four-verse stanzas) and two tercets (three verses). It is up to you to determine which form best suits your poem.
Writing beautiful verse
Verse gives rhythm to the stanza and is measured in number of syllables when it is a regular line. It is monosyllabic up to the 12-syllable line, better known as the alexandrine. If this is your first poem, you may prefer free verse, rhyming or not, depending on your inspiration. Then read your poem aloud to judge its musicality.
Prose is the ultimate free form: it has no rhyme scheme, no foot count, and no emphasis on length or number of stanzas. That said, you will still need to be creative with your stylistic devices and the melody of your rhythm, as these elements alone will judge your poetic art.
Figures of speech
In poetry, the reader expects a certain virtuosity in the use of images, metaphors, comparisons and anaphores that will enrich your style and the beauty of your poem. Figures of speech of all kinds exist and allow you to get off the beaten track by exploring new writing techniques. The acrostic, in particular, is more like a fun writing game in which, read vertically from top to bottom, the first letter or, sometimes, the first words of a sequence of verses make up a word or an expression related to the poem.
Let your emotions speak
To write a beautiful poem, let your heart speak! A poem is like a song that tells a story, with sincerity and a lot of emotion. The most beautiful lines reflect the soul of the poet and it is up to you to find the balance to let your feelings and your writer’s soul flow… Remember, poetry is a chance to make simple words come alive to make a true poetic work.
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