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Inspiration for Poetry


ELA: Writing ELA: Reading ^21st Century Skills All Ages Strategy


Flexible Thinking Verbal Reasoning

Inspiration for Poetry

If your student struggles for ideas to write poetry

How To Apply It!

  1. Learn to use your surroundings to generate subjects, descriptive language, and rhythm for poetry.
  2. Find a student notebook to keep your observations. Then try the following exercises:
  3. Take a walk, preferably in a natural setting, and write down anything that grabs your attention using your senses. Examples are something loud/very soft, colorful, unique, etc..
  4. Sit quietly and just listen. Pick a sound that interests you, whether it is the tapping on a keyboard, clanging utensils of someone eating, the sound of cars passing by, or the rustling of leaves. Use the sounds to identify a rhythm for your poem.
  5. Sit quietly and imagine a special setting or experience. Think through how you felt using all five of your senses. Think about the emotions you felt when you were there and why it was memorable.
  6. Eat a new food. Describe it using all five senses.

Why It Works (the Science Of Learning)!

It can be challenging to find inspiration for writing poetry. Focusing on your senses then writing about experiences can provide inspiration for even the most reluctant poetry writers.