Key 8: Art

Poems: Try Your Hand at Writing One

Poems: Try Your Hand at Writing One

Poems are glorious and enchanted expressions of the soul. See if you can write one. There is no pressure to share it with anyone. During this week’s Enchanted Breath, take some deep and cleansing breaths, release tension, and stop to consider what you have the most feelings about at this time.


Write About What Moves You

Your poem can be about a hummingbird that landed on your feeder. It can rhyme or it doesn’t have to. The subject might be a secret crush you have or gratitude for your pet. Take stock of what is there for you in the feeling realm and begin at this point.

Descriptive Words

Use words in your poem that conjure strong images or paint pictures with words. If you read Haley’s poem that I shared in Sunday’s blog post,  LINK,    she wrote about sitting on the Earth and running her fingers “through its green hair.” I just LOVE that!

Types of Poems

You don’t have to know the various types of poems in order to write one. Here’s a list, anyway, in case you find it interesting.

There are many different types of poems. The difference between them is based on the format, rhyme scheme and subject matter. Here are some listed from Your Dictionary:

Allegory (Time, Real and Imaginary by Samuel Taylor Coleridge)

Ballad (As You Came from the Holy Land by Sir Walter Raleigh)

Blank verse (The Princess by Alfred, Lord Tennyson)

Burlesque (Hudibras by Samuel Butler)

Cacophony (The Bridge by Hart Crane)

Canzone (A Lady Asks Me by Guido Cavalcanti)

Conceit (The Flea by John Donne)

Dactyl (The Lost Leader by Robert Browning)

Elegy (Elegy Written in a Country Courtyard by Thomas Gray)

Epic (The Odyssey by Homer)

Epitaph (An Epitaph by Walter de la Mare)

Free verse (The Waste-Land by TS Eliot)

Haiku (How Many Gallons by Issa)

Imagery (In a Station of the Metro by Ezra Pound)

Limerick (There Was a Young Lady of Dorking by Edward Lear)

Lyric (When I Have Fears by John Keats)

Name (Nicky by Marie Hughes)

Narrative (The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe)

Ode (Ode to a Nightingale by Percy Bysshe Shelley)

Pastoral (To a Mouse by Robert Burns)

Petrarchan sonnet (London, 1802 by William Wordsworth)

Quatrain (The Tyger by William Blake)

Refrain (Troy Town by Dante Rosetti)

Senryu (Hide and Seek by Shuji Terayama)

Shakespearean sonnet (Sonnet 116 by Shakespeare)

Sonnet (Leda and the Swan by William Butler Yeats)

Tanka (A Photo by Alexis Rotella)

Terza rima (Acquainted with the Night by Robert Frost)

Share if you like!

Stay enchanted.

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