What is a poem and how to write a good poem?

I am reading and writing poem for long time and I am kinda fan of John Keats, William Blake, Wordsworth, Shakespeare and so on.

I always wanted to adhere to the rule of Poetry and there are many poetry forms and I happen to see only few are holding to these rules.

I at times feel bored to read any poems in blog except few who are well in that writing.

I wanted to share what is really a poem and how to write a good poem.

Poems should be written in stanzas and lines that use rhythm to express feelings and idea. Poets should pay attention to the length , placement and grouping of lines and stanzas. We should not keep writing without an end to the poem.


How to write a good poem?

  1. Get the theme of the poem
  2. Split the theme  into many parts and make each part into stanzas
  3. There should be a relation to the above and below stanzas
  4. The reader at any point of time should be able to explain what the poem he has read till that point
  5. No matter how many lines you want to express but always split into grouping of words
  6. Try adding a rhyme if possible, it’ makes reader to continue reading.
  7. Don’t show your verbosity in the poem, you should use literature words wherever possible and not to full poem.
  8. Reader should be allowed to gasp between the stanzas,rather ending the poem with 100 lines.

I can write in next post, please share your thoughts how to write a good poem!



10 thoughts on “What is a poem and how to write a good poem?

  1. I was a little surprised by the article. My analysis will sound a little critical(sorry in advance, I could not help it). As a past Literature student, I would not qualify a poem as ‘good’ or ‘bad’. It is very subjective and based on your own preferences you made clear by citing your own personal choice (Shakespeare/Wordsworth).These European men, considered as greatest playwrights, writers and poets form part of of what we term as the ‘Literary Canon’, Actually, these legendary writers form part of the classics. They are generally considered as having marked the field of Literature by being great thinkers. However, they constitute the classics of Literature and we are the contemporary generation. You can think of it as a ‘collective conscience’ of modern poetry because as from 20th century, poets and writers start to break off ties with traditional techniques of poetry to mark a definite end with the classical elements of poetry such as versification. You should not consider modern poetry as void of meaning and structure. Many poets continue to integrate traditional techniques such as metaphors or alliteration in sparse ways yet still used. Other poets try to keep alive the traditional structures by using them as it was or try to bring innovation within these structures (like we say – a touch of modernity). And yes, concerning rhymes or versification, modern poets prefer the modern and unconstrained form of the Free Verse, devoid of rhymes but not in-depth meaning. If you like classical poetry, it is possible you will not appreciate the modern techniques and thoughts. And, yes stanza formation is not a requirement in modern poetry. A work of any length is still considered poetry even if a whole novel is written in a poetic manner which we categorise as prose poetry (even though I don’t like reading long works of poetry but still it is accepted as such in Literature). Usually, people break off with traditional forms of poetry not only to mark the end of dominating and strict rules but also to allow non-academic poets and writers to have a fair chance. One example of such work is John Goodby’s poem The Uncles where he excluded the academic population from the understanding of his poem as he also advocated that the knowledge of his uncles (on mechanics) should not be demeaned. Number 4 is rather contradictory with what you said in the first line. Despite having studied Keats, Shakespeare or Milton, the utilisation of traditional techniques is exclusionary (as I don’t relate to their time and place) and rather difficult to understand the whole poetry even for scholars. If I’d used the same techniques and produced the same quality of work, it would be impossible for everyone to enjoy my poems (which I don’t want). Number of words again depend on the will of the poet, if he wishes to make it concise or charged with useless words to fulfil a particular aim. These were my analysis of your article. I know I may have been a little too critical on the way.
    Please forgive,
    Foolchund Saahil.

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    1. thanks for sharing your view..I can give a lot of examples from blogs they call as poems.. I find too difficult to read a 100 lines/50 lines without a full stop or comma or semicolon,, i do not follow those contemporary poets either , to spit out what we have in mind, we cant keep writing until we finish it without giving a thought of reader…there are thousands of poetry forms around the world. i too follow my own style but i always write as a reader…some blogs i dont much care about reading them… might be cos of its length and structure..

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      1. You know if you would like to pursue with traditional techniques and include them in your works, it would be rather complicated yet not impossible. Yes, you are also right by saying that reader affect the poetic output. Though Literature admits long works of poetry, I don’t much like extremely long works of poetry. For my part, I prefer a mix of contemporary innovation and classical elements, a fusion. As a writer, I like experimenting with new forms. And yes, certain writers aim for their particular readers while the rest generalise. Hope my views have not offended you, sry if that is the case.
        Foolchund Saahil.

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