Amazing Kids! Magazine

Writing a Poem

By Olivia Pineda, Assistant Editor

 

Whether in school or by leisure, I’m sure that we’ve all read poetry before. Poets like Shel Silverstein often make poetry a very fun genre to read, through fun rhyming schemes and funny stories told. But, what exactly is poetry? We might be able to distinguish poetry from a story because it often consists of broken-up lines that sometimes rhyme, but in reality poetry in a very “elastic” genre, meaning that poetry can often be what the poet would like it to be. If you’d like to write a poem, but are not quite sure how, here are some tips on getting started.

 

Pick a topic!

One of the beauties of poetry is that it can be on any topic you choose. As long as you can write about it, you can write a poem about it!

 

Begin to think about how you would like your poem to be structured.

Oftentimes, poems are structured with a certain rhyme pattern or are separated in a certain way. For now, just ask yourself, do I want my poem to rhyme? If so, you’ll need to be thinking about words that rhyme together when you structure your poem. Additionally, you’ll also need to be thinking about how someone might read your poem. Some poets like to have one or only a couple words per line, making the poem sound much different than if a poem is written with complete sentences. Depending on your topic, you can begin to decide what style best suits what you’d like to write about.

 

Start writing!

As with any piece of writing, your mind works best when you just start putting pen to paper and writing your thoughts down, instead of trying to think too hard about what you’d like your poem to be like at the end. Even if your poem isn’t perfect the first time you write it, you can always revise it later as you come up with a better idea for a certain rhyme or line.

 

Be flexible!

It’s often hard to rhyme words or organize a poem the way you wanted to when you were planning it, and sometimes, your poem may not turn out the way you wanted it to be. It’s important to be flexible and to adapt to these changes, and perhaps build another poem off of what you already have. If you really wanted your poem to rhyme but you can’t seem to find many words that rhyme together, you may have to make a poem that doesn’t rhyme. But, don’t worry! Like any skill, writing poetry takes practice, and as you keep practicing, you’ll become a whiz at rhyming or structuring poems the way that you’d like them to be.

When you’re finished, give yourself a pat on the back – you can now call yourself a poet! I hope that writing poems will inspire you to continue to write poetry or any other type of writing, and when you’re done, perhaps consider sending in your poems to Amazing Kids! Magazine. We’d love to read them!