5 Poetry Writing Tips For Beginners

Harmony Cardenas

Writing poetry to some is a science while to others it’s an art. Once you know the difference between the two methods of approaching poetry, you can choose which of the two is the best way for you to get into poetry. Of course, you might also choose both methods – paying attention to mechanics as well as meaning and the overall artistic message of your poems. Ah, but this is a short piece on writing tips for poetry beginners, so I’ll stop there and continue with what you are after – how to write better poetry.

5 Poetry Writing Tips For Beginners

Here are five rules or suggestions for writing poetry.

  1. To Rhyme or Not – Many beginners to poetry think you have to rhyme – all the time – on a dime – with a pine – well, you get the idea. This is not always the case. Some of the best poetry ever written doesn’t rhyme – at all. That said, you don’t want to try to consciously avoid rhymes either.
  2. Tennis With or Without Nets – If you write sonnets and other structured poetry, it’s like you’re playing tennis with a net and rules. There’s a lot you can do, but some poets like “free verse” or poetry without too much form. This will vary from poet to poet of course.
  3. Where to Publish – While it’s great to get your poetry published in a print magazine, sometimes it’s just about getting other people to read your poetry. If that’s the case, there are many great poetry communities online that you can become a part of without too much hassle. Find one and write your poetry!
  4. When to Give Up – If you really are a poet, you’re probably never going to stop playing with words. This is true even if you stop writing them down. A true poet will have the words going through their mind at all times whether they like it or not. Well, most of the time. I don’t want to scare you. Although some good poetry is downright scary.
  5. Ignore the Rules – You can read all the books and stories about how to write poetry that you want, but if you never sit down and write poetry, you will never know if poetry is something you’re meant to do or not. There comes a time when you have to ignore the rules. You should know the rules before you toss them aside, but they shouldn’t always be followed.

There you have it – some basic poetry tips for beginners. If you are really serious about poetry and using words to express yourself, you need to find a good poetry community so that you can grow as a poet. It’s a long, difficult process, but for many people there’s no other way of life that’s worth living. Long live poetry – even poetry from beginners.

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