Nature is one of the oldest and most persistent themes in poetry. There are many poetry forms that are specifically for meditating on and commenting about nature, such as the Pastoral and the Eclogue. It is an ancient topic, but one that remains relevant even in contemporary times. Today’s nature poems are often about the destruction of nature at the hands of society. Even this is not a particularly new theme, but because of such fears as global warming, it remains a popular and relevant thee. Here are a few things to remember when writing about nature.
- Because it is an old and established theme, it is hard to be fully original when writing about it. The key is just to find your own voice and personal attitude about nature and be sure that your writing reflects that voice.
- When writing about nature, it is a good idea to go outside and actually take part in the world of nature. Go to a park. Go to the beach. Go to the mountains. Go to nature.
- One of the most straightforward ways to write about nature is to write about what you observe. Describe what you see. You do not have to judge what you see for your poem to be good. You are certainly welcome to do so, but it isn’t a requirement.
- Take your time. A few minutes of quiet observation can do wonders. If you are content to observe, your words will eventually come.
Today’s Poetry Prompt
Write a poem about a natural event.
The cloud slides down
Half of it below the other
Spears and spikes from falling pressure
In white tracks against the sky
And ready to crush the eyes
With the intense clarity of it
Except of course
For this odd
Ready to approach new challenges
Unafraid to disturb clarity