Poetry Prompts

By / June 13, 2017 / writing

Exploring the depth of poetry has a different look to it depending on the reader, but the important part is getting the reader to read it. Here are some templates that will hopefully help get the process going.

• Formulation. Using this technique limits the use of extra language (fluff) keeping it at a bare minimum, while maximizing a set of directives. This style writes from the imperative mood angle, which is basically expressing direct commands or requests. The sporadic and straightforward nature of this method changes what is a normally complicated topic into a simplistic idea.

• Suggestion. This technique has no typical guideline, which gives the author the ability to use a subject and voice that they can really dig into. This type of poem has the potential to become a friendly suggestion from a friend or complete stranger, but it comes across as familial advice. However, it can also act as a provocation to an enemy or adversary. The writer has the autonomy to direct the writing however they feel at that moment.

• Objective method. This method allows the writer to maintain a distance from the topic that influences both the speaker’s outlook and the reader’s response of the poem. With this technique the writer uses more academia language than the use of layman wording.

Take the time to test out each method to see which one of them fits the style of writing, and one that meets the writer’s comfort level. As time goes on, and the writer becomes more confident with their work, they can begin to challenge themselves on other techniques.

When writing poetry it helps to look deep down into the soul. It is imperative, when doing “real” topics to list feelings and views with a passion. These topics are difficult to teach, so try to focus on the more technical aspects of writing poetry when starting out.

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