How to Write a Poem: A Step-by-Step Guide (2023)

Poetry is . . . song lyrics without the music? Writing that rhymes? A bunch of comparisons and abstract imagery that feels like a code for the reader to decipher?

The answer to all of the above is yes, but poetry encompasses much more. Poetry is a broad literary category that covers everything from bawdy limericks to unforgettable song lyrics to the sentimental couplets inside greeting cards. Poetry’s lack of rules can make it feel hard to define but is also what makes poetry enjoyable for so many to write.

If you’ve ever wondered how to write a poem, read on. Writing poetry doesn’t have to be daunting—we’re going to demystify the process and walk you through it, one step at a time.

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What is a poem?

A poem is a singular piece of poetry.

Poems don’t have to rhyme; they don’t have to fit any specific format; and they don’t have to use any specific vocabulary or be about any specific topic. But here’s what they do have to do: use words artistically by employing figurative language. With a poem, the form is as important as the function—perhaps even more so.

In contrast, prose is writing that follows the standard sentence and paragraph structure. Prose, while it takes many different forms and tones, largely mimics human speech patterns.

The purpose of a poem

Poetry expresses emotions and conveys ideas, but that’s not all it can do. Poets tell stories, teach lessons, and even communicate hidden messages through poetry. When you listen to music with lyrics, you’re listening to poetry.

When you’re writing poetry, keep your goal in mind. Are you writing to evoke emotion? To perform your poem at an open mic night? To get a good grade on your assignment? Although there aren’t any hard and fast rules for writing poetry, there are some fundamental guidelines to keep in mind:

  • Show, don’t tell. The goal is to provoke an emotion in the reader.
  • Less can be more. While it’s perfectly acceptable to write long, flowery verse, using simple, concise language is also powerful. Word choice and poem length are up to you.
  • It’s OK to break grammatical rules when doing so helps you express yourself.

Elements of poetry

The key elements that distinguish poetry from other kinds of literature include sound, rhythm, rhyme, and format. The first three of these are apparent when you hear poetry read aloud. The last is most obvious when you read poetry.

One thing poetry has in common with other kinds of literature is its use of literary devices. Poems, like other kinds of creative writing, often make use of allegories and other kinds of figurative language to communicate themes.

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In many cases, poetry is most impactful when it’s listened to rather than read. With this in mind, poets often create sound, whether to be pleasing, jarring, or simply highlight key phrases or images through words. Read this short poem “The Cold Wind Blows” by Kelly Roper aloud and listen to the sounds the letters and words make:

Who knows why the cold wind blows

Or where it goes, or what it knows.

It only flows in passionate throes

Until it finally slows and settles in repose.

Do you hear the repeated “ose” sound and how it mimics the sound of wind gusts? Poets create sound in a variety of ways, like alliteration, assonance, and consonance.


Poetry has rhythm. That’s what often makes it so attractive to set to music.

A poem’s rhythmic structure is known as its meter. Meter refers to:

  • The number of syllables in each line
  • The stressed and unstressed syllables in each line

These syllables are grouped together to form feet, units that make up a line of poetry. A foot is generally two or three syllables, and each combination of two or three stressed and unstressed syllables has a unique name.

You probably recognize the term iambic pentameter from English class. It comes up a lot in high school English classes because Shakespeare wrote in it frequently, and Shakespeare is frequently read in high school English classes. An iamb is a two-syllable foot where the second syllable is stressed: duh-DUH. Pentameter means that each line in the poem has five feet or ten total syllables.

Iambic pentameter is just one of the many kinds of rhythm a poem can have. Other types of feet include the trochee, two syllables where the first syllable is stressed (DUH-duh), and dactyl, three syllables where only the first is stressed (DUH-duh-duh). When a poem only has one foot per line, it’s in monometer; when there are two feet per line, it’s in dimeter; and so on.

Stressed and unstressed syllables aren’t the only way you can create rhythm in your poetry. Another technique poets frequently embrace is repetition. Repetition underscores the words being repeated, which could be a phrase or a single word. In her poem “Still I Rise”, Maya Angelou repeats the phrase “I rise” with increasing frequency as the poem progresses, changing it from “I’ll rise” in the first stanzas to a repeated “I rise” toward the ending, to emphasize her unbreakable spirit:

Leaving behind nights of terror and fear

I rise

Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear

I rise

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Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,

I am the dream and the hope of the slave.

I rise

I rise

I rise.


With poetry, rhythm and rhyme go hand in hand. Both create musicality in the poem, making it pleasurable to recite and listen to.

Rhymes can appear anywhere in a poem, not just at the ends of alternating lines. Take a look at all the places Lewis Carrol uses rhymes in this excerpt from “Jabberwocky”:

One, two! One, two! And through and through

The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!

He left it dead, and with its head

He went galumphing back.


When you’re reading poetry, one of the first things you’ll likely notice is its formatting. Simply put, poems just aren’t formatted the same way as prose. Sentences end in weird places, there are blank lines between the different sections, one word might have a line all to itself, or the words might be arranged in a shape that makes a picture on the page.

One of poetry’s defining characteristics is that it doesn’t adhere to the same formatting that prose does. You (most likely) won’t find sentences and paragraphs in poetry. Instead, you’ll find stanzas, lines, and line breaks.

A stanza is the poetic equivalent of a paragraph. It’s a group of lines that (usually) adheres to a specific rhyme or rhythm pattern. For example, a quatrain is a four-line stanza in which the second and fourth lines rhyme. An isometric stanza is a stanza of any length where each line has the same meter.

Literary devices

Literary devices aren’t limited to prose—many, perhaps even most, poems incorporate one or more literary devices. Literary devices commonly found in poetry include:

  • Figurative language
  • Juxtaposition
  • Onomatopoeia
  • Simile
  • Metaphor
  • Puns
  • Chiasmus
  • Imagery
  • Hyperbole
  • Mood
  • Motif
  • Personification

Often, poets use literary devices in conjunction with other poetic elements. One famous example of a poem that layers multiple literary devices is Margaret Atwood’s “[you fit into me]”:

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you fit into me

like a hook into an eye

a fish hook

an open eye

In the first stanza, Atwood uses a simile, a type of figurative language, to create an initially pleasant image: a hook and eye closure, a small metal hook that neatly fits into an appropriately sized metal loop to fasten clothing. Then the second stanza juxtaposes this with a jarring image: a fish hook plunged into an eyeball. These images together, formatted as two stark sections separated by a break, express the poem’s uncomfortable, visceral theme.

Types of poetic forms

There are many different types of poems. Some have very strict style rules, while others are classified according to the topics they cover rather than their structure. When you’re writing poetry, keep the form you’re writing in mind as you brainstorm—with forms that involve rhyming or require a specific number of syllables, you’ll probably want to jot down a list of go-to words that fit into your chosen format before you start writing.


A haiku is a three-line poem that always fits this format: The first and third lines contain five syllables and the second line contains seven syllables.


A limerick is a five-line poem that follows a strict AABBA rhyme scheme. Though they often discuss humorous subjects, this isn’t a requirement—the only requirement is that it fits this precise rhyme pattern.


A sonnet is a fourteen-line poem that was often used by Shakespeare and Petrarch. Although a sonnet’s exact rhyme scheme varies from poem to poem, each sonnet has some kind of consistent rhyme pattern.

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Blank verse

Blank verse poetry is written in a specific meter that, as a rule, does not rhyme. Although this specific meter is often iambic pentameter, that isn’t a requirement for blank verse poetry—the only requirements are that it does not stray from its meter (whichever meter the poet chose) and that it doesn’t rhyme.

Free verse

With free verse, anything goes. When you read a poem that doesn’t appear to fit any specific format, you’re reading free verse poetry.


An ode is a poem that celebrates a person, an event, or even an object. An ode uses vivid language to describe its subject.


Elegies are poems that, like odes, pay tribute to specific subjects. However, rather than being purely celebratory, an elegy is generally a reflection on its subject’s death and includes themes of mourning and loss.

How to write a poem

Writing a poem isn’t the same as writing a short story, an essay, an email, or any other type of writing. While each of these other kinds of writing requires a unique approach, they all have one thing in common: they’re prose.

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Poetry isn’t prose, as we explained above. And that’s what makes it feel like the wildcard of creative writing.

With poetry, going through the standard writing process can feel like a creativity killer. That doesn’t mean you should just sit down, scrawl out a poem, and call it a day. On the contrary, when you’re writing poetry, you might find that skipping one or more stages in the traditional writing process will help you be more creative.

Of course, you might also find that following the writing process helps you explore and organize your thoughts before you start to write. The usefulness of starting with brainstorming, then moving onto outlining, then starting to write only once you’ve got an outline varies from poet to poet and even poem to poem. Sometimes, inspiration strikes and the words just start flowing out of your mind and onto the page.

Here are a few tips to help you get started and write your next poem:

1 Decide what you want to write about

Unless you’ve been assigned to write a poem about a specific topic, the first step in writing a poem is determining a topic to write about. Look for inspiration around you, perhaps in nature, your community, current events, or the people in your life. Take notes on how different things make you feel and what they drive you to think about.

Freewriting can be a helpful exercise when you’re searching for the perfect topic to write a poem about. You can use a writing prompt as a jumping-off point for your freewriting or just jot down a word (or a few) and see where your mind guides your pen, stream-of-consciousness style.

Once you have a topic and a theme in mind, the next step is to determine which kind of poem is the best way to express it.

2 Determine the best format for your topic

Your poem doesn’t have to adhere to any specific format, but choosing a format and sticking to it might be the way to go. By opting to write in a particular format, like a sonnet or a limerick, for example, you constrain your writing and force yourself to find a way to creatively express your theme while fitting that format’s constraints.

3 Explore words, rhymes, and rhythm

If you’ve decided to write your poem in a specific format, read other poems in that format to give yourself a template to follow. A specific rhythm or rhyme scheme can highlight themes and clever wordplay in your poem. For example, you might determine that a limerick is the most effective way to make your readers laugh at your satirical poem because the format feels like it has a built-in punchline.

4 Write the poem

Now it’s time to write! Whether you opt for using a pen and paper, typing on a laptop, or tapping on your phone, give yourself some uninterrupted time to focus on writing the poem.

Don’t expect to write something perfect on the first try. Instead, focus on getting your words out. Even if your lines don’t rhyme perfectly or you’ve got too many or too few syllables to fit the format you chose, write what’s on your mind. The theme your words are expressing is more important than the specific words themselves, and you can always revise your poem later.

5 Edit what you’ve written

Once you have a draft, the next step is to edit your poem. You don’t have to jump right from writing to editing—in fact, it’s better if you don’t. Give yourself a break. Then in a day or two, come back to your poem with a critical eye. By that, we mean read it again, taking note of any spots where you can replace a word with a stronger one, tighten your rhythm, make your imagery more vivid, or even remove words or stanzas that aren’t adding anything to the poem. When you do this, you might realize that the poem would work better in another form or that your poem would be stronger if it rhymed . . . or if it didn’t.

Reading your poem aloud can help you edit it more effectively because when you listen to it, you’ll hear the poem’s rhythm and quickly notice any spots where the rhythm doesn’t quite work. This can help you move words around or even completely restructure the poem.

If you’re comfortable sharing your poetry with others, have somebody else read your poem and give you feedback on ways you can improve it. You might even want to join a writing group, online or off, where you can workshop your poetry with other writers. Often, other people can spot strengths and weaknesses in your work that you might not have noticed because your perspective is too close to the poem. A more distanced perspective, as well as perspectives from readers and writers of different backgrounds, can offer up ways to make your writing stronger that you hadn’t considered before.

Give your writing extra spark

When you’re writing poetry, you’re allowed to break the rules. In fact, you’re encouraged to break the rules. Breaking the rules artistically is one of the key differences between writing poetry and writing prose.

But making mistakes isn’t the same as breaking the rules. Mistakes in your poetry, like misspelled words and incorrect punctuation, can distract readers from what you’re communicating through your words. That’s where Grammarly comes in. Grammarly catches any mistakes or tone inconsistencies in your work and suggests ways you can make your writing stronger. The outcome: writing with confidence and getting better at breaking the rules on purpose.

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How to Write a Poem: A Step-by-Step Guide? ›

The basic elements of poetry include meter, rhyme, scheme, verse, and stanza. In order to dive deeper into poetry, students will first need to understand these structural elements.

How do you write a poem for beginners? ›

11 Rules for Writing Good Poetry
  1. Read a lot of poetry. If you want to write poetry, start by reading poetry. ...
  2. Listen to live poetry recitations. ...
  3. Start small. ...
  4. Don't obsess over your first line. ...
  5. Embrace tools. ...
  6. Enhance the poetic form with literary devices. ...
  7. Try telling a story with your poem. ...
  8. Express big ideas.
Aug 9, 2021

What are the 8 steps to writing a poem? ›

In 8 simple steps, here's how to write a poem:
  • Brainstorm your starting point.
  • Free-write in prose first.
  • Choose your poem's form and style.
  • Read for inspiration.
  • Write for an audience of one — you.
  • Read your poem out loud.
  • Take a break to refresh your mind.
  • Have fun revising your poem.
Mar 29, 2020

What are the 5 parts of a poem? ›

The basic elements of poetry include meter, rhyme, scheme, verse, and stanza. In order to dive deeper into poetry, students will first need to understand these structural elements.

What is the basic poem format? ›

The basic building block of a poem is a verse known as a stanza. A stanza is a grouping of lines related to the same thought or topic, similar to a paragraph in prose. A stanza can be subdivided based on the number of lines it contains. For example, a couplet is a stanza with two lines.

What is the proper format for a poem? ›

How to Format Your Manuscript
  1. Typically, a manuscript should start each poem on a new page. ...
  2. Indent lines that run across the length of the page.
  3. Use one-inch margins all around the page.
  4. Put each of your poem titles in all caps.
  5. Use Times New Roman or a comparable serif font.
Aug 16, 2021

What makes a good poem? ›

Strong, accurate, interesting words, well-placed, make the reader feel the writer's emotion and intentions. Choosing the right words—for their meaning, their connotations, their sounds, even the look of them, makes a poem memorable. The words become guides to the feelings that lie between the lines.

What is the hardest part of writing poetry? ›

The hardest part of the writing process is making time and space to write. Once I can sit with my notebook and pencil (and crayons, and other materials for making marks), I feel eased away from 'myself', like how it feels to go into water with an aching body, and move differently, without the usual pull and pain.

How long should a poem be? ›

Poets should consider limiting their poems to one page—two pages at the most—when possible.

What are the 3 elements of a poem? ›

There are three distinct elements that contribute to the structure of a poem:
  • The statement and voice.
  • The rhythm.
  • The rhyme.

What are the 4 structure in a poem? ›

Structural elements of poems include rhyme, rhythm, meter, and form.

What are 7 lines in a poem called? ›

Septet. A stanza with seven lines. This is sometimes called a “rhyme royal.”

What does a 5 line poem look like? ›

Cinquain: A cinquain is a poem or five-line stanza with a rigid syllable count for each line. This modern form was invented by American poet Adelaide Crapsey.

Does poetry need to rhyme? ›

Very simply, poetry does not have to rhyme. While there are many more concrete styles of rhyming poetry, poets sometimes feel that non-rhyming poetry can express ideas in ways that rhyming can't. Neither rhyming or non-rhyming poetry is better than the other--it is a matter of personal preference.

What is the simplest type of poem? ›

We define short form poetry as anything 9 lines and under, or any poem that uses 60 words or less. The sonnet, for example, is a 14-line poem that often grapples with love, and though sonnets are by no means “long,” they often have abstract qualities not found in short poems.

How many lines should a poem have? ›

There is no easy answer to how many lines a poem should have. There are too many variables, including the type of poem, the topic and theme, and the choices the poet makes. As clichéd as it may sound, a poem should arguably be long enough to get the poet's meaning across and no more.

What is a 3 line poem format? ›

A tercet is a stanza of poetry with three lines; it can be a single-stanza poem or it can be a verse embedded in a larger poem. A tercet can have several rhyme schemes, or might not have any lines of poetry that rhyme at all.

Are there rules to poetry? ›

Learning how to write a poem is debatably one of the hardest forms of creative writing to master—there are so many “rules”, but at the same time, no rules at all. It is the ultimate form of individual expression.

Why do poets not use rhyme? ›

All language has a rhyme by default. But, no, poets do not have to create a specific rhythm with their words for readers to enjoy in their verse. But, many poets do this to influence the reader's enjoyment or interpretation of the text.

How can I tell if my poetry is good? ›

In this article, we will go over the characteristics of good and bad poetry and things to keep in mind when writing your own.
  1. It Focuses on the Main Idea. ...
  2. Your Poetry Tells a Story. ...
  3. It Resonates Emotionally. ...
  4. It Paints a Visual Picture. ...
  5. The Poem Only Uses the Words It Needs. ...
  6. It Feels Good To Say.
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What makes a poem so powerful? ›

Poetry is great at asking questions, at destabilizing and making us look things in a different way, incorporating a diversity of voices of ways of thinking. That's what poetry is for. So it's a very powerful medium for diverse voices to speak and for other people to then listen to those voices.

Are poems easy to write? ›

As with any form of creative writing, poetry writing can be hard work—but it can also be enormously gratifying. With the right approach, you can easily start writing poems of your own.

Is poetry writing a skill? ›

Poetry can be an acquired skill or innate talent. With formal education, almost anyone can arrange words, ideas, and emotions into poetry. However, some people are more naturally able to produce moving poetic works of art by effortlessly expressing themselves, even with no formal training.

What are the problem in writing poetry? ›

Long stanzas, rhythm, punctuation, no punctuation, fragments, and repetition are just a few options a poet has when creating their masterpiece. These tools may make it difficult for a reader to understand the full meaning of a poem. Diction can also play a role with problem in understanding poetry.

How to end a poem? ›

In poetry, an end-stop refers to a pause at the end of a poetic line. An end-stop can be marked by a period (full stop), comma, semicolon, or other punctuation denoting the end of a complete phrase or cause, or it can simply be the logical end of a complete thought.

How do you write a poem that doesn't rhyme? ›

First, settle on a theme or event you'd like to write about. Try to set the scene in your head and go from there. Then write down some key words that relate to your story. Since you don't need to worry about matching up words and rhyming them, you should be able to incorporate most of these words in your poem.

What's the shortest poem? ›

According to the Guinness Book of Records, the world's shortest poem is a one-letter poem by Aram Saroyan comprising a four-legged version of the letter "m".

Why do people find poetry difficult? ›

The main obstacle to understanding poetry, whether you are talking about Keats or Shelley or Whitman or even Leonard Cohen, is our ingrained tendency to be very literal in communication. We often speak and write in extremely literal terms, because we want to make sure we are understood.

What is a verse in a poem? ›

What is a Verse? A Verse is a collection of metrical lines of poetry. It is used to define the difference of poetry and prose. It contains rhythm and pattern and more often than not, rhyme.

What is ABAB rhyme scheme called? ›

Alternate rhyme.

In an alternate rhyme, the first and third lines rhyme at the end, and the second and fourth lines rhyme at the end following the pattern ABAB for each stanza. This rhyme scheme is used for poems with four-line stanzas.

What are 4 lines in a poem called? ›

In poetry, a quatrain is a verse with four lines.

What is a poem that tells a story called? ›

A narrative poem is a longer form of poetry that tells an entire story, with a beginning, middle, and end. Narrative poems contain all of the elements of a fully developed story, including characters, plot, conflict, and resolution.

How long is a poem stanza? ›

The monostich is a stanza—a whole poem—consisting of just one line. After that, there is the couplet (two-line stanza), tercet (three-line stanza), quatrain (four-line), quintet (five-line), sestet (six-line), septet (seven-line), and octave (eight-line).

What are easy words to rhyme? ›

Words that Rhyme in English
  • Ask- Mask – Flask – Task – Bask.
  • About – Throughout – Drought – Without – Scout – Doubt – Sprout.
  • Above – Glove – Dove – Love.
  • Across – Loss- Cross – Toss.
  • Add – Glad – Sad – Mad – Lad – Dad – Bad – Had.
  • Age – Stage – Wage – Engage – Sage – Cage.

What is a poem with one line called? ›

A poem or stanza with one line is called a monostich, one with two lines is a couplet; with three, tercet or triplet; four, quatrain.

What are 13 lines in a poem called? ›

Rondels are 13 lines total and generally follow an ABBA ABAB ABBAA rhyme scheme.

What is every line called in a poem? ›

Although the word for a single poetic line is verse, that term now tends to be used to signify poetic form more generally. A line break is the termination of the line of a poem and the beginning of a new line.

How many lines is the shortest poem? ›

Haikus are the shortest poems. They only have three lines, also called a tercet. Not only do they follow a specific length, but each line also needs to have a specific number of syllables.

What is a 50 line poem called? ›

Learn how to write the blitz poetic form, including rules for how to successfully write this 50-liner. Robert Lee Brewer.

What is a haiku poem? ›

What is a haiku? The haiku is a Japanese poetic form that consists of three lines, with five syllables in the first line, seven in the second, and five in the third. The haiku developed from the hokku, the opening three lines of a longer poem known as a tanka.

Do poems go in quotes? ›

Generally, shorter works (poems, song titles, chapters) go in quotation marks, and longer works (movies, books, newspaper titles) are italicized. o Books are italicized, but a chapter inside a book is in quotation marks. o The name of a TV show is italicized, but a specific episode is in quotation marks.

Do poets make money? ›

Poets make commissions on books that they've published, which come from yearly stipends or one-time payments for jobs done. Poets earn royalties from book sales, but the majority of the profit goes to publishing houses (who have large overheads of course).

What happens if a poem doesn't rhyme? ›

Free verse is any form of poetry that does not rely on consistent patterns of rhyme and meter. In fact, free-verse poetry doesn't have to rhyme at all. As a result, free verse tends to follow the rhythm of natural speech. However, a natural rhythm may still emerge despite the lack of a specific metrical structure.

What are the four steps of poetry? ›

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In this collection of poetry, Marysa takes you on a journey through the four stages; Love, Anger, Memory and Venting.

What are the 10 steps to analyze a poem? ›

How to Analyze a Poem in 10 Steps
  1. Read the poem. The first time you approach a poem, read it to yourself. ...
  2. Read the poem again, this time aloud. ...
  3. Map out the rhyme scheme. ...
  4. Scan the poem. ...
  5. Break down the structure. ...
  6. Determine the form of the poem. ...
  7. Study the language in the poem. ...
  8. Study the content of the poem.
Aug 16, 2021

What should you not do when writing poetry? ›

This post will cover the 6 common mistakes new poets tend to make.
  1. Cliché In case you don't know, clichés are overused phrases. ...
  2. Melodrama. ...
  3. Doing Thing To Sound “Poetic” ...
  4. Abusing Figures of Speech like Metaphor and Simile. ...
  5. Your Free Verse is Prose With Line Breaks.
Sep 6, 2022

Do poems need to rhyme? ›

A poem is a singular piece of poetry. Poems don't have to rhyme; they don't have to fit any specific format; and they don't have to use any specific vocabulary or be about any specific topic. But here's what they do have to do: use words artistically by employing figurative language.

What are 3 line poems that rhyme? ›

A poetic unit of three lines, rhymed or unrhymed.

What does AABB mean in poetry? ›

Lines designated with the same letter rhyme with each other. For example, the rhyme scheme ABAB means the first and third lines of a stanza, or the “A”s, rhyme with each other, and the second line rhymes with the fourth line, or the “B”s rhyme together.

What is the 7 elements of poetry? ›

As with narrative, there are "elements" of poetry that we can focus on to enrich our understanding of a particular poem or group of poems. These elements may include, voice, diction, imagery, figures of speech, symbolism and allegory, syntax, sound, rhythm and meter, and structure.

What are the 3 types of poems for? ›

There are three main kinds of poetry: narrative, dramatic and lyrical. It is not always possible to make distinction between them. For example, an epic poem can contain lyrical passages, or lyrical poem can contain narrative parts.

How to summarize a poem? ›

Key Tips for Making an Excellent Poem-Summary
  1. Decode the meaning and storyline.
  2. Examine the rhyme scheme.
  3. Look out for imagery.
  4. Consider themes and symbols.
  5. Analyze the poem's structure.
  6. Study the language.
  7. Get to know who the narrator is.

What are the 12 elements of poetry explain? ›

The 12 elements of poetry include structure, form, speaker, sound devices, figurative language, rhyme, meter, theme, tone, mood, syntax, and diction. What is the significance of diction as an element of poetry? Diction is the poet's use of language, word choice, and syntax.

What are the five tips for reading poetry? ›

5 Steps for Reading a Poem
  • Read the poem twice in a row. Take note of what you notice the second time that wasn't so apparent in your first reading.
  • Don't skip over unfamiliar words. ...
  • Try to identify a meter, if there is one. ...
  • Notice point of view. ...
  • Read the poem one more time, and this time read it aloud.
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