Writing a poem is about observing the people around you, your surroundings, the world, and inhaling the whole of the cosmos in your way. It is about your perception and how different things, symbolize for you. For you, flowers can signify happiness, and a mixture of white, black, red and blue colored lines can stand for chaos. Sunshine can show, to hope and unknown places can show how lost you feel. It’s about how you present your emotions and thoughts by using different figures of speech to give your poems a creative tone.
So, how to write a creative poetry?
A poem might start as just some verses or with a line or two. One thought will lead to another and that might lead to something else. Practice your thoughts, practice your writing. You can use word prompts or sentence prompts to start with. Or you could also see or refer some images which mean something to you, which give you a meaning and use it as a motivation to write a few lines or so.
2.Paint your words
When writing a poem you just don’t say what you mean to say. You use the words creatively to paint a scene in the reader’s mind.’
For instance, if you mean to write ‘she felt weak’ instead, you can write ‘her knees couldn’t feel any strength, all she could see was an end.’ As soon as you read it, it painted a scene in your mind that a girl is sitting somewhere helpless and lost and is feeling lonely.
3.Give your poems a structure
Your poems need a structure, as in what will come after that. Poetry is just like reciting a story, but with rhythm and poetic devices. Provide your poems with a structure that they need. You can first jot down some points roughly, that will happen exactly after what. And then write them artistically using your vocabulary, and by painting those words.
4.A poetic style
You can choose a poetic style with which you are comfortable with, with which you feel that it gets the best out of you. It can be a free verse, having no rhyming scheme; or a sonnet, having just 14 lines, which strictly follows a rhyme scheme and also a basic poetic structure, which can be seen by tracing back to its traditions. Or you can also write a poem having a rhyming couplet, which is widely seen and used by many poets.
5.Read different poems
Refer as many poems as you can. Always, behind good writing is a good reading habit. The more poems you will read, the more you will be exposed to the style of writing, and will come to know the poet’s choices and preferences and you can actually, find out that which style and which kind of poems engross you; eventually you can find out your own preference of writing a poem.
6.Use concrete words
Make use of words which are powerful and can make the reader actually feel something. Just writing random poems don’t make you a poet. Writing exceptional poems make you a poet. Your words should be so expressive that the reader can feel what you are feeling, it should hit the reader at the very right spot. Try to enhance the simple words into something powerful, concrete and imagery.
For example, if you mean to say that- ‘’she is brave’’
What you can write is- ‘’ she is fearless and fire’’
This makes the reader, want to read what you have to show more. It exposes your thoughts, feelings and the ability to express rightly.
7.Use literary devices- Metaphor and simile
To give your poems the feel that they need, make use of metaphor and simile, and other poetic devices too, as required.
For example the line I wrote above, ‘’she is fearless and fire’’- this was an example of a metaphor. A metaphor compares one subject with another, giving ordinary objects a life in an interesting way.
When I say ‘’she is as cold as ice’’ I am using a simile here. Simile directly compares one subject with another, by using words like ‘like’ and ás’.
My personal favorite is ‘metaphor, as it gives a lively tone to simplest objects.
8.Write, to hear
Poetry is meant to not only be read but to actually recite out loudly. So it is more important to focus on how your poetry sounds. Work out on the rhythm, rhyme, and the pauses.
For example how pleasing it is to the ear when I hear or even read something like
‘’she is fearless and fire, how effortlessly she would walk on the wire’’
These two lines used a rhyme scheme, pleasing our ears, and making us easy to identify it as the lines of a poetry.
9.Refining the poetry
The last thing you do is, you keep enhancing and strengthening your poem until you feel that it’s got the best out of you. Read it out loud and avoid the clichés. Get feedback from your family and friends and revise it again. The more you’ll practice it the more you’ll be good at it.