Free Poem Ideas
More ideas for free! Take them and use them for your poem
or prose. Some of these are bits of verse, others suggest a good
title, and still others are just ideas for a playful process
or a certain type of poem. Enjoy!
Verses That Answer Each Other
This would be a poem with two voices alternating from one
stanza to the next, each with it's own personality, yet together
creating some sense or some sort of poetic dialog. The "voices"
created could be human or otherwise.
I've had some fun by trying to make dreams into poems. There
is (occasionally) an interior logic that is not immediately apparent
to our conscious minds. Start by statting what happened in the
dream, and then looking for a theme and a few rhythmic lines.
Eight Beer Poem
That's the title. now here's the process: The first stanza
is written after a beer, the second after another beer, and so
on. This might result in something humorous, enlightening, or
just a mess to be cleaned up later.
A Poem for Six A.M.
That could be the title, since the idea here is to have a
collection of poems, one for each waking hour of the day.
Poetry by the Mile
Once again, that might be the title of the poem or a collection
of poems. In this case, the poems follow the course of a trip
you are taking. Let someone else drive as you write. The titles
could also be "Mile Marker 234" and such.
The gimmick here is to use all the same words for each stanza
in the poem, and the same number of times, but in a new order
Poetry Using Song Structure
Choose a song you like, remove the words and lyrics to get
at the underlying structure. Use that to write a poem. Actually,
if you imagine the tune as you write, it tends to inspire better
Play with news headlines to see if there is a poem or two
in them. They can either be the inspiration for the title and
content of the poems or the stanzas could each start with a headline
from recent news items.
Starter Lines and Stanza Bits
Forget your churches ... They are cages for gods that capture
You who stood before your fathers eyes...
We secretly hope that birds will never learn of God...
The alarm clock cannot defend itself...
Dreams are lined up against the wall...
In a world where opinions are wealth...
Deep within my soul I am shallow...
I hate this life so deeply ... Almost as deeply as I love
Words are paper roses and magazine cover skies...
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