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Eric Scot (youroddfriend) | 12 comments I have written a few poems before, but I was curious about what some people had to say about the subject. I have trouble getting started sometimes. I know that there are certain rules and I know about Free verse poetry and rhyme, but I'd like to know how and why some of you write poetry. What happens that you feel the need to write a poem? How do you begin? Do you usually revise your piece at all? Any tips on writing my own poems?

message 2: by Veronica, What the neck!? (last edited Feb 16, 2008 11:19AM) (new)

Veronica (v_a_b) | 2889 comments Mod
i dont often write poems but sometimes something kinda just comes to me in my head. Actually I wrote down a poem yesterday that has been in my head for a few days. I titled it The Hug Poem. I have posted the poem here on goodreads in the poetry section if you would like to read it. this is the link. http://www.goodreads.com/story/show/8...

message 3: by Ashley (new)

Ashley (readerandwriter) I've been writing poems since I was a junior in High School. I write poetry because I express myself the best that way. My mom says I express myself better on paper then I do out loud. I don't go by the traditional poetry rules...I can't write poety with rules and boundaries. I write whatever comes to mind and whatever inspires me. Usually when I write poetry, I listen to music. The music helps me write my poems...its almost like I am writing a song. The only tip I can give you Eric, is that don't force it. Let the words and ideas come to you. Otherwise you will not be happy with the results. Hope this helps.

message 4: by Candace (new)

Candace (candaceclayton) | 2 comments I have to agree with Ashley. Poetry is a form of mental imaging and you just let your mind roam free and write your thoughts. Don't try to force it or it will come through in your poem. I have been writing poetry for about twenty years and I don't feel there are any set rules. Poetry is like painting. If you like it, it is poetry to you. We don't all like the same style of paintings, but that doesn't mean they are not art. If you would like to see some samples of my poems, they are on my website at:


Enjoy! And Write On!

message 5: by Silvia (new)

Silvia (robin10hood) i only write poems when i wake up in the morning, and the lines are coming to me, and i rush to a pen and paper to scribble them down before i forget, then later organise and fix everything up. it's kinda odd, how i wake up having written something in my sleep, but those are my best inspiratons. or when i try without much dreamy inspiration, it's about something random, like a cookie.
here's a link to my latest random poem:

message 6: by Breezy (new)

Breezy I agree, Ashley. I can never pay attention to rules and regulations when it comes to poetry. I write what I feel. You know, I always hear how you should write what you know, but as a fantasy writer I only have my imagination to go off of, not a real experience. So I've decided that I write what I feel, not what I know.

message 7: by Veronica, What the neck!? (new)

Veronica (v_a_b) | 2889 comments Mod
Breezy, we are the same. I don't have any real expiriences. I just have imagination.

message 8: by Saybaar (new)

Saybaar | 6 comments For me, poems always get started when a phrase is running through my head, like a line that has a cool meter or something...usually I write about half of a poem in my head before I decide it's good enough to write down. I like both free verse and closed forms...they're useful for different things, and it's fun to write villanelles and sestinas and things just to see if you can make the words fit the way you want them to.

message 9: by Sella, ov vey! i haven't checked this group in months. >< (new)

Sella Malin | 4530 comments Mod
I write a lot of poetry. I really enjoy it. It is like making music, or composing a song; it really lets you say what you think in a melodic manner. My favorite kinds to write are things like personification poems and stuff.

message 10: by Brigid ✩ (new)

Brigid ✩ | 5857 comments Mod
The way I see it, there's not really a rule to writing poetry. You can write a poem about whatever you want, in any form you want. My only advice is: don't write a poem if it can be written in prose and still have the same effect. A poem has to have its own rhythm and a certain impact on the reader. If you can write the same exact words without making it a poem, then there's no point in writing it as a poem.

message 11: by Veronica, What the neck!? (new)

Veronica (v_a_b) | 2889 comments Mod
I never was a huge fan of poetry, and never thought I was that good at it, but a couple of my friends read some things that I had written and they said it was really good.
These are the links

message 12: by Josh (new)

Josh | 83 comments I love poetry, in almost all of its forms. but the only time i was ever inspired to write poetry was during a time when i was really depressed. i take it as a good sign that i don't have the urge to write it any more. but i might try again to see if i can come up with something a bit less dark and gloomy than i did before.

message 13: by Brigid ✩ (new)

Brigid ✩ | 5857 comments Mod
I finally added some of my poetry. it is not as good as the stories that i write, but here is the link to my writing anyway:


message 14: by Sella, ov vey! i haven't checked this group in months. >< (new)

Sella Malin | 4530 comments Mod
I'm going to add some poetry...btw, Brigid, I love your poems!!

message 15: by Brigid ✩ (new)

Brigid ✩ | 5857 comments Mod
thanx sella :)

message 16: by adi (new)

adi (restartaugust) | 125 comments i love writing poetry, but not many people are looking at my poems, or short stories. i'd love it if you guys would look and tell me what you think :] i've got quite a lot.

message 17: by [deleted user] (new)

I've posted some poems too. this is the only place i've shared my poetry. Kinda scary.

It's hard to tell if anyone is reading them -- unless they leave comments.

Thanks to all those who have left comments so far.

message 18: by Brigid ✩ (new)

Brigid ✩ | 5857 comments Mod
tori, you should read my poem "a rhyme about rhyming" because it is about how annoying it is to write a rhyming poem! :)

message 19: by Veronica, What the neck!? (new)

Veronica (v_a_b) | 2889 comments Mod
I read it and I liked it a lot. :)

message 20: by Veronica, What the neck!? (new)

Veronica (v_a_b) | 2889 comments Mod
I posted a couple more poems and I aslo combined the ones I already had into one thing. So now I have something called 'My Poems' and it has 5 'chapters' or poems. This is the link

message 21: by Sella, ov vey! i haven't checked this group in months. >< (new)

Sella Malin | 4530 comments Mod
I also have poems. Here they are:


Xerxes Break(Vivian Ephona) (ephona) I had to do poems in my English class and rather liked it. I think I'll be doing some in the future. As for now, here's one I wrote:


message 23: by Allie (last edited Apr 27, 2008 11:56AM) (new)

Allie (pearlrose95) I have some poems, not sure how to link it but r on my profile... i have more but am 2 shy to post them. o here they r...


message 24: by Seth, The plan is simple--stay alive. (new)

Seth (ninjaaaaaofwritingbooks) | 2205 comments Mod
I don't really like poetry much . . . kinda hate writing it . . .

message 25: by Seth, The plan is simple--stay alive. (new)

Seth (ninjaaaaaofwritingbooks) | 2205 comments Mod
I don't really like poetry much . . . kinda hate writing it . . .

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