Tutorial: How to Make a Poem?


Welcome! Soon to be POET. This is my attempt to guide you to make your first POEM but let me tell you that I am not a Literature expert nor am I an established writer although in my own rights I can say that I know a bit or enough about poetry.

What I'm about to share is the simplest way or technique in making/writing a poem (Not necessarily mean a poem with all those meters or of those with stressed words and others such parameters) that I am using in coming up with prose, verses or poems that you can read on this POEMS on LIFE, POEMS on LOVE. And to any Poetry experts that may come across and see this tutorial, leniency I seek.

OK then, let's start.

What do you want to write about? I guess most poets started with love as their main theme like me 19 years ago. I have a crush on someone at school but I'm too afraid to ask her to come with me on a date so I made a poem instead then rest is history. But this is not about me..It's about you.

So I would assume that you like to write about how you feel for someone special. School is a common place where young hearts meet. You can start by telling how or when did you first saw that someone. it can go something like this.


I am running late for class
desperately on a rush

This can be your opening 2 lines which is called couplet.. A cause and effect declaration of some sort.

Running on the corridor
I bumped into this pretty girl

another couplet, put them together you'll have a stanza

I am running late for class
desperately on a rush
Running on the corridor
I bumped into this pretty girl

Now you have somewhat made a point of where this is leading. Think of things that can best describe her besides pretty or beautiful, use metaphors. Compare her with flowers but that is over-used, think of something else. Just make another couplet and another to describe her more.

How about?

Her smell is that of spring
almost made me sing

Tell about her reaction, it's just like telling a story in a special way,

She looked at my face
smiled, somewhat amazed

We have 2 stanzas and the reader at this stage knows what the story is about.

I am running late for class
desperately on a rush
Running on the corridor
I bumped into this pretty girl

Her smell is that of spring
almost made me sing
She looked at my face
smiled, somewhat amazed

Let's continue:

I uttered, I am sorry
She replied, don't worry

You can go on with your story just continue the process but at this point you must know how to end it. The next couplet should be a prelude to your final stanza to make a good ending. Four stanzas is an ideal size but if you think it may not be enough, you can go the distance.

Going back:

She left me with a nod
see you later, she said

Now we have 3 stanzas, one more and we're good.

I am running late for class
desperately on a rush
Running on the corridor
I bumped into this pretty girl

Her smell is that of spring
almost made me sing
She looked at my face
smiled, somewhat amazed

I uttered, I am sorry
She replied, don't worry
She left me with a nod
see you later, she said

Still stunned, I just stared
If I could have just waved
The bell rang, I lost her
I should have done better

This poem rhymes as it is more fun to read Rhyming Poems but there is what they call Free Verse.

You can try now and create your own masterpiece. You can post your questions as comments below.

13 Responses to "Tutorial: How to Make a Poem?"

  1. ok.i will try but give me a year.

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  2. Lol mam tatess, just try it, what you need is inspiration to write. Knowing you, It's in you, just unleash it.:D

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  3. Thank you for the help to improve my English. Eloquence of your writing infused me with the wish to listen to you, stimulated me to follow you.
    I see, that will not be easy to do because of my writing with the Lithuanian-English dictionary in hand, yet poetry of your verses urges me to try.
    Thank you for the reminder of the metaphors. Their do much more than just the embellishment of our messages. The metaphors witness the way we see the world and ourselves - join a word to visual inspiration.

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  4. That's a great compliment Tomas, I am neither an English nor an American but trying to at least be comfortable enough with the language. And as for poetry, grammar is important but the "heart" of a piece is far more important.

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  5. hey I too used to write but i want to learn the tactics to be a good poem writer .thanks for the help

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  6. nice content here.I too desire to be a poem writer

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  7. Interesting... I haven't thought about writing poetry since I had to do it for class back in elementary school. It was kind of fun back then, but you make it look too easy.

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  8. the poem was so cute. :D i hope i could make one in the future.

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  9. Great tutorial to get people started on writing. Pretty good teacher if I do say so.

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  10. amazing sir!it helped me a lot but can you instruct me about the sapacing and management of lines! i am weak in the line sapcing segemnt of the poetry and i know that's really ab major part. I could not manage the lines in a proper slot!
    so please guide me if u can!
    Thank You!

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  11. by spacing, if you mean by stanza, I use 4 lines but soem of my compositions here have five lines. As I've mentioned above.. I am not into strictly following any rules of any sort.. unless I am making a particular form of poetry like triolet, villaneles or Rondel which have strict meters and syllables... As for lines..make sure that a line has a thought on its own.. I'm not really sure about your questions though but I hope I was able to enlighten you even just a little. :)

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  12. Very nice. I, too, love writing poetry. Your tutorial makes it look less daunting for others who think it's not their turf. :D

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  13. The bestest poems i have ever found are here....my friend recommend this site indeed for a god collection of such poems ....

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