Poetry Writing Prompts

Weekly Poetry Assignment 1: Compilations and Love Poems

Weekly Poetry Assignment 2: Water

Weekly Poetry Assignment 3: Poetry and Photographs

Weekly Poetry Assignment 4: Difficult Subjects

Weekly Poetry Assignment 6: Feeling the Flow

Write a Blues Sonnet

Write a definition poem

Write a list poem that uses a single line for each item on the list

Write a poem about a contest, a win, or a loss

Write a poem about a natural event

Write a poem about a place you have been or a journey you have taken

Write a poem about a recent news event

Write a poem about a specific but minor memory

Write a poem about an event in your life that you have strong feelings about

Write a poem about something you believe

Write a poem about the end of something

Write a poem about your childhood

Write a poem as if it were an entry in someone’s journal or diary or even their Twitter account

Write a poem as that uses every letter of the alphabet at least once

Write a poem in the form of a letter (epistle)

Write a poem in which a similar or identical phrase is repeated three or more times

Write a poem in which the seasons play a role

Write a poem that addresses the same subject as a poem you don’t like

Write a poem that begins and ends with the same word

Write a poem that begins and ends with three single syllable words

Write a poem that begins with a line of advice or instruction

Write a poem that begins with a negative image or statement and ends with a positive image or statement

Write a poem that begins with a proclamation

Write a poem that begins with the word “I”

Write a poem that begins with you waking up

Write a poem that demonstrates strong emotion without ever stating what that emotion is

Write a poem that discusses a real moment in your life without discussing its larger meaning

Write a poem that doesn’t use your standard process

Write a poem that either uses no words longer than five letters or no words shorter than five letters

Write a poem that ends with the word “quiet”.

Write a poem that follows the three rules of the imagists

Write a poem that gets shorter with each line

Write a poem that has a variable line length rather than a set meter

Write a poem that includes at least one description of an object that is six or more words long

Write a poem that involves an animal

Write a poem that is set at or near where you live

Write a poem that tells a story

Write a poem that uses at least two different forms of repetition

Write a poem that uses exactly the same number of characters on every line

Write a poem that uses something other than traditional end rhyme

Write a poem that uses word combinations

Write a poem using a random source

Write a poem using a specific meter / A Brief Glossary of Meter

Write a poem using iambic pentameter

Write a poem using Skeltonic Verse

Write a ritual poem

Write a Tanka

Write a three or more stanza poem that uses a metered style for the first two stanzas and a non-metered format for the remaining stanzas

Write a three stanza poem that shows a progression with each stanza

Write about an event in your life that happened within the past week

Write about something in your life that you do every day

Write about something you can see from the window of your home

Write about the first time you did something

Write an occasional poem about an event that has taken place in the past year

Write in a new place

Write or rewrite a greeting card poem so that is has meaning to you, or at least is funny

Write the final line of your poem first, then figure out a way to get there

Write the final line to your poem first and then write the poem to get to that ending

Write the first draft of your poem in paragraph form and then change it into a free verse poem