Poem Exercises

Allowing your heart to delve into the art of composing poems is one of the most magical moments in life. Poetry is not just about writing nor about making the words to dance in a rhyming fashion – it means so much more.

The following are fun assignments that you can try to add a bit of spice and challenge to your art of poetry:

1. Use strict rhyme and meter measurement

In the modern world, most writers write in free verse. Whether you are a free verse writer or not, make the effort to discover various ways of meter and rhyming pattern and incorporate them in your next wave of poem writing. You do not need to do extravagantly well, especially if you are really not a fan of using such strict measures; but the experience can be worth it and there is a new knowledge for you to discover as you broaden your poetrical horizon.

2. Read a poem; and write your own version

Take a look at the poems of your favorite poet. Try to spot one poem that captures your interest. It can be about anything: love, life, politics, nature – anything. After reading te said poem, come up with your own version of the poem. Note: Be very careful not to plagiarize.

3. Give life to the lifeless

Poetry is life. Hence, to further challenge your literary genius, try to give life to an otherwise meaningless (or well-ignored) object. This type of literary exercise was given in a creative writing workshop. Some examples of such subjects are: ballpen without an ink, stone, dust, strand of hair.

In the poet’s eyes, there is no such thing as lifeless.

4. Write a long poem

A poem does not have to be long; however, after you have written a long poem, in some ways, you will feel that when you get back into writing your usual poem (which is shorter in length), it becomes easier; thus, being able to experience that you have managed to write a long poem (of at least 100 lines), can help boost your confidence.

5. One line a day

Post a piece of paper on your wall (preferably in your bedroom); upon waking in the morning or before you retire to bed at night, write one line of poem on the said paper. Continue this the next day by adding (continuing) another line until you create a whole work of poem.

Afterword

There are many ways that you can incorporate in writing your poems. The important thing is that you write with your heart.

Remember: Poetry is life. Live life.