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Does anyone know how to write a poem?

ClashnBoom
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6/25/2015 10:29:26 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
I wanted to try writing a long poem that'll make people feel sad when they read it. I wanted to use rhyme but that'll make it seem childish so which device do you recommend using? I've never written a poem before so I'm a total noob.I didn't know which forum to put this in.
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6/28/2015 11:00:29 PM
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I love writing poetry...I write all the time. But if I am stuck, I will simply use the general rhythm and rhyme scheme of one of my favorite poems. Often with that technique, I will end up making it more my own, but it is a good place to start.
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6/29/2015 11:34:59 PM
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Here before you write a poem you should probably know the types my personal favourite is the sonnet

here is an example tell me what you think:

The final stroke in the terminal note
Will be the ending to a fatal tune
Which has been wrote upon our dying throat
In the bright white night on the final noon

Some will choose to fight with all their might
But they will find defeat, they always do
For nothing human can stop ice white fright
And the piercing pain that is all too true

This will start the plight that will raise the knight
Who"s said to shred the thread that weaves your head
For fright will rule the night and beat the fight
The sands will darken red and mark the dead

But through the gore stained dust a hand will rise
For Lazarus will dawn his blood red eyes

I have more examples and I can tell you how to write a sonnet if you want to write a sonnet
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6/30/2015 10:43:05 PM
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At 6/25/2015 10:29:26 AM, ClashnBoom wrote:
I wanted to try writing a long poem that'll make people feel sad when they read it. I wanted to use rhyme but that'll make it seem childish so which device do you recommend using? I've never written a poem before so I'm a total noob.I didn't know which forum to put this in.

Rhyme isn't childish... most poems are supposed to rhyme. Master poets, from the East or the West, rhyme their poems. Honestly, non-rhyming poems are childish IMO. My piano teacher's five-year-old is writing haikus.

Since this is your first poem, I would suggest not conforming to less free styles like the sonnet yet. Just write anything, in any rhyming pattern. Since you're starting out, you could put aside meter for a moment and just focus on the rhymes. Get a good rhyming dictionary too.

I also suggest you start out with shorter poems, and recite at least ten before starting off to write your own. It would be preferable to recite a bunch of poems of the same form and period to better assimilate their techniques used. I'm in the process of doing this myself, and I'm concentrating on the Song Dynasty ci form, one of the most important forms of Chinese poetry. In fact, I've written a ci already (see here: https://bookwormannals.wordpress.com...) using the ci form and I was quite excited about it!

And good luck! :) It's great to see fellow future poets on DDO.
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