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Beginning as a writer


In a previous article on Beginning as a Writer we talked in brief about how can one write in such a way that their work connect with the readers or listeners emotions, or what one needs in order to grow or be relevant as a writer/poet in the society. in another article we talked about going deeper into the mysteries which we hope did not make it sound so complex. if it did then this article will simplify things even more so you know the fun side of life in poetry.

Poetry is any kind of verbal or written language structured rhythmically and is meant to tell a story, or express any kind of emotions, idea or state of being. Poetry is meant to carry hearts, leave one’s face aglow and mostly, give lives a required hope.

Poetry is central to our culture, and is one of the most powerful and transformative of the arts. According to researches and words stated by a poet and former winner of the TS Elliot awards, John Burnside, “poetry can literally change the way one listens to the world; we have poems that, on repeated reading, have gradually made people find the sight they had lost.”.

Most people hate poetry because of the spreading perception that it is one thing extremely hard to write, understand and has way to complex patterns and forms to follow in the composition process of its work. To all who cling to that wrong perception, worry no more cause after this you will be one of the best verbal and writer at poetry so get ready to write a good poem.


Before you start writing a poem, you have to know the type of poem you’re writing; so to deal with that problem here is a list of a few types of poems with definitions.

  1. ABC > A poem that has five lines that create a mood, picture or feeling .Line one through four is made up of words, phrases or clauses while the first word of each line is in ABC order. Line five is one sentence long and begins with any letter.
  2. Elegy > A sad and thoughtful poem about the death of an individual
  3. Lyric > A poem that expresses the thoughts and feelings of a poet.
  4. Ode > A lengthy lyric poem typically of a serious or meditative nature and having an elevated style and formal stanza structure.
  5. Narrative > A poem that tells a story.
  6. Ballade > Poetry which has three stanzas of, seven eight, or ten lines and shorter final stanzas of four or five. All stanzas end with the same one line refrain.
  7. Ballad > A poem that tells a story similar to a folktale or legend, which often has a repeated refrain.
  8. Epithalamium> A poem written in honor of the bride and groom.
  9. Dramatic > this is where the speaker is someone else rather than a poet .It is mostly a dialogue, were more than one character  speaks. Often, this kind of poetry has a plot and setting. They are a lot of poetry types but as a starter, these will be of help.

Poetry is not all about getting a pen and writing something on the paper .It’s about bringing words to life by writing your state of being or emotions.


Poetry plays with language and often slams words together in surprising ways .These words are called, ‘ELEMENTS OF POETRY.’ Here is a list of them.

  • Alliteration > two or more words in the line of poetry that begin with the same initial sound. E.g. Lillie looks light like the white skies.
  • Assonance > Repeating vowel sounds without repeating consonants. In poetry it is often used as an alternative to rhyme E.g.  Stony ,stormy.
  • Consonance > Repeating consonance without repeating vowels .They give melody to verse.
  • Descriptive imaginary > vivid description which convey strong images. E.g. she was so angry like a heavy winter.
  • Metaphor > the transfer of identity from an object that a word usually describes to another object it describes by comparison.
  • Onomatopoeia > A word that imitates the sound made by the thing being described. E.g. boom, crush, cuckoo.
  • Simile > A figure of speech in which two unlike things are compared or contrasted using the words like or as.
  • Rhythm > A mattered flow of syllables, consonants, breathing, or pauses.
  • Rhyme > When words, particularly the endings, sound alike. E.g. Fine and mine.


A perfect painted poem should have those elements. As a poet, your poem should come from your heart because it is only when you utterly understand what your heart beats for then, it will be one poem no one will want to Stop reading. Writing poetry has a procedure just like writing a letter has.

  1. choose a poem format from the forms (types) of poetry.
  2. Decide on a vocabulary word, object, or concept for your poems.
  3. List everything you know about the topic
  4. List any emotions or words that you associate with the topic.
  5. List any any personal experience you have had with the topic.
  6. List objects similar to the one you have chosen.
  7. Cross out words; replace with words and phrases that are more vivid.
  8. Circle the ideas you want to express in your poem.
  9. Write your poem in the chosen format.
  10. Read your poem aloud.
  11. most important of all, revise and edit as necessary.

Now get a pen, paper and let your heart bleed every word you’ve been holding inside. let your ink be loud.


Oh!!! and don’t forget to share your views, comments and questions below

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