Pizza, Pigs, and Poetry: How to Write a Poem by Jack PrelutskyHave you ever tried to write a poem about a pizza? How about a pig? How about a pigeon, penguin, potato, Ping-Pong, parrot, puppy, pelican, porcupine, pie, pachyderm, or your parents?
Jack Prelutsky has written more than a thousand poems about all of these things—and many others. In this book he gives you the inside scoop on writing poetry and shows you how you can turn your own experiences and stories about your family, your pets, and your friends into poems. He offers tips, advice, and secrets about writing and provides some fun exercises to help you get started (or unstuck). Youll also get a behind-the-scenes look at the ingredients of some of his most popular poems. If you are a poet, want to be a poet, or if you have to write a poem for homework and you just need some help, this is the book for you!
5 Tips on How to Write a Poem
Just write whatever feels right. Only you experienced the feeling that you want to express, so only you will know whether your poem succeeds. You need to know what you are trying to accomplish before you begin any project. Writing a poem is no exception. Once your know the goal of your poem, you can conform your writing to that goal. Take each main element in your poem and make it serve the main purpose of the poem. It provides neither the vividness of a fresh metaphor nor the strength of a single unmodified word….
To write a poem, first decide whether you want to follow a specific structure such as a sonnet or haiku, or would prefer to write something free-flowing, then choose a poem type from the selection above. Once you've made your choice, we'll ask you for a few words to inspire your poem. We'll them use our extensive word lists to write a poem inspired by your input. We'll help you with devices such as counting syllables, finding synonyms and rhyming words. Tip: use evocative adjectives and powerful nouns to make your poems emotive.
If you have other ways to get those poems started, then feel encouraged to share in the comments below. One of the many rules of poetry is that there are no rules of poetry—more like guidelines. Publish your poetry! This reference houses hundreds of publishing opportunities, including book publishers and online and print publications, in addition to several articles on finding an audience through getting published, speaking tips, and more! I think reading out loud is very important.
Short poems can convey intimate moments with simple, specific, compelling words. They carry growing momentum from start to finish. A short poem differs from a long one in that poets may spend more time on word choice and clarity. Given this meticulous undertaking, writing a short poem can be tougher than writing a long poem! Skip to main content. Get inspired.