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Poetry Exercise: Anagrammatic Poetry

If you've ever played with anagram puzzles, then you're going to have fun with this poetry exercise.

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Homophonic Poetry and Phony Translations

In homophonic poetry, your goal is to write either a homophonic translation or a phony translation of an existing poem written in another language. It's a fun way to get writing again if you're a bit rusty because you'll be working with material that already exists.

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Haiku About Cats: 3-Line Short Poems

Cats and kittens are great subjects for haiku poems. If you don’t know the format, here are some tips to get you started and writing your own 3-line poetry.

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Phonemes: The Building Blocks of Lyric Poetry

This article aims to teach you how to select the right word for the right line in your poems by analyzing the use of phonemes in "Sappho 31" and Bob Dylan's "It's Alright, Ma (I'm only Bleeding)."

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How to Write a Poem Using Empty Space

Learn how to use white space to add emphasis, dimension, and emotion to your poetry.

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How to Quickly Write a Rhyme

How a veteran poet writes a quick rhyme in no time.

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Haiku-a-Day Prompts and Examples for National Poetry Month, Today: Live

Use my writing prompt to write a haiku-a-day for National Poetry Month. Read my own haiku for inspiration and ideas. An explanation of my haiku will also be offered. Today's prompt is LIVE.

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Discover Photo Poetry: How to Write for Photos

Learn what photo poetry is and how to write it.

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Donald Hall on the Ambition of Poets

Compiled from two of his lectures, this essay appeared in Donald Hall's collection titled Poetry and Ambition: Essays 1982-88.

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An Orphic Oath: Establishing a Standard of Excellence for Aspiring Poets

Beginning poets should be required to take a vow equivalent of the medical "Hippocratic Oath." If poets could be held to a standard of excellence, less doggerel would plague the literary world.

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10 Places to Find Poetic Inspiration

Seeking poetic inspiration can be frustrating, but here are a 10 places to look with a few tips.

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Powerful Words Make Powerful Prose

Some tips on how to make your writing more powerful in revisions.

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Rhyming Poetry: How to Write a Villanelle

Discover how to write your own villanelle—a fixed-verse form of poetry that's both challenging and fun!

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Write Haiku Poems About Winter, Snow, and Ice

Haiku is a form of Japanese poetry used to describe nature. They are short and powerful lines. Here are some of my haiku poems about cold weather and winter.

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How to Write Shape Poetry

Turning poetry into shape poetry is creative and fun and also effective in delivering your message. Learn how to write shape poetry and then try creating one of your own shape poems.

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A Simple Haiku Writing Formula

Use this simple formula to write a haiku on any subject that will stand out from the crowd.

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How to Write Lyric Poetry

This article provides a brief overview of lyrical poetry including the history of the lyric poem and a summary of the most common lyrical poetry forms. It also provides options for writing lyric poems along with specific suggestions and quick tips to make the process successful.

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How (and Why) to Write a Sonnet

Learn all about sonnets, including what they are, what they're usually about, the different sonnet forms and why sonnets are important. Then you'll learn how to write your own!

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Five Poetry-Writing Exercises

Exercises to help get you started writing poetry.