Recently, I’ve read too many poems that are lacking the feel that a proper excerpt should have. I’m not claiming to be a very good writer, far from it in fact. Yet I feel that through reading others poems and personal trial and error, I have found some of the major problems with most new writers.
Here are 5 tips on how to write a better poem:
1-Stray From the normal Rhyme Scheme.
Far too many new authors write all of their poetry with the same simple rhyme scheme. This isn’t a huge issue, but if the wording is weak it can begin to feel as if you are reading a Dr Suess book. To create better emotion in your poetry you should think of a rhyme scheme that is unique and mirrors the emotion you intend to convey. Sometimes abandoning rhyme’s all together provides the most powerful message, as it comes directly from your mind, without having to modify your thoughts to adhere to an arbitrary rule.
2-Keep A Rhythm, Simple or Complex.
To add on to the rhyme scheme idea, those with the simple patterns tend to have lyrical rhythm down to a T. Yet those who realize rhymes aren’t necessary in modern poetry tend to jumble their words into one long train of thought. To create a more powerful reading experience, break your poem up into different stanzas. Coaxing the reader into following a rhythm of your words while reading. This helps emphasize certain lines and specific words, allowing the reader to find a more powerful message.
3-Stop Disturbing People.
I understand that poetry is largely based upon personal emotion, but it also must be pleasurable to read even when conveying dark thoughts. Too often do I see poorly written poems about gore and abuse and other dark topics that rely on shock value to convey emotion. This is acceptable at points, but when an entire body of work is based on shocking people into feeling it becomes a burden to read and your audience dissipates quickly. Try using metaphors or wording things less literally to get your point across.
4-Don’t Search for Obscure Words to Make you Sound More Intelligent.
This is one of the worst crimes you can commit. Using long obscure words in your poetry simply to display your literary superiority is confusing to the average reader. I would much rather see a poem that uses a word that all readers can understand than one that halts the rhythm of the poem so that the reader can google what that strange synonym means. Simplicity is often the best route.
5-Try new styles.
Finally, get out of your comfort zone. People always say do one thing really well but in literature, you must do many different things and combine them to succeed. Playing with different styles can help you determine what you enjoy, as well as give you another outlook on the style you use. Innovation comes from exploration. So go ahead, show the world something new.
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