Learning to write poems is easy. However, Shakespeare, Wordsworth, Yeats, Shelly… they all mesmerize and intimate you.
You know you have that creative thing in you and more than that you want to express your emotions in a beautiful poetic form; you want to romanticize the world with your creativity, you want to express yourself with some poem writing. But the great poets of yesteryears frighten you. You are nervous that you possibly can’t achieve the heights they scaled.
Well… to begin with, what Shakespeare, Wordsworth, Yeats, and Shelly wrote was meant for a different era, for a different generation. None of us belong to that generation and that kind of English. We live in a fast moving world where everything is fast and instant.
Who possibly as loads of time to ponder over the original creation and appreciate the selection of words? Remind yourself that you are not competing with anyone, not at least those writers who are considered the masters of poetry!Honestly speaking you need only one quality to write a poem….you must have a passion, a burning desire to write poems. Without that fire in you can’t write!!!! Read on if you feel you REALLY have that fire….
Here are a few tips on how to write a poem
To begin with, let go off your inhibitions. Many wannabe writers are shy. They feel shy in expressing their deepest thoughts to the world. They feel shy that the world may laugh at their thoughts. You must let go of that feeling and shyness.
You should be prepared to bare your heart for the world to see and allow it to deeply study your personal thoughts. Let the world see your pain and sorrow, misery and happiness, failure and success…the very soul of you has to be bared for the world.
Topics like love hate, destiny and other similar emotions have been written thousands of times by all the famed poets. But write a love poem because it is easiest to write on and the thoughts literally flow.
If you are beginner in copy writing poetry then begin writing on these and then gradually move on to other topics. I had read somewhere that “Love makes every human being a poet!” it is very true even in this age and era.
Use simple language. Don’t try to impress with high profile scholastic words. Use the language that common people understand. No one wants to read a poem where they can’t understand or have to struggle to understand half the words!
You may decide to write a rhyming or a non rhyming poem. The choice is all yours.
Keep a paper and pen handy. You never know when you may get the inspiration to write. It may be in the middle of an important business meeting! Once the thoughts start flowing just jot them down on a paper. Even a scrap paper will do. The important part is to write it down before they vanish away.
If you wait for the correct moment to write or start hunting for paper then, you may not get those thoughts ever again. So always write them down as soon as they come to you. At this stage don’t worry about spelling, handwriting, grammar, rhyming….anything. Just pen down the thoughts.
Once you have put them down you will see you already have a draft ready with you. Later when you can, you may proof read it, edit it, put in synonyms, and rhyme it. All this can be easily done at a later stage.
Leave aside the poem for a day or two and proof read it again.
That is all… learning to write poems is easy if you follow these tips; however these are just guidelines and each one us has his own distinctive style in the end!