“Good Poetry is a spontaneous over flow of emotions”
That says it all. This is how you write a poem. It is emotions or feelings that become words to your poetry.
We live in a world where, as Lana Del Rey quotes “The world needs poetry now more than ever.” In a rush to somehow just get done with this ‘life’ thing, we forget to actually live. We tend to forget our emotions way back in times. And this is where we need poetry. It reminds us of love, happiness, sadness, anger and so on.
“We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion.” – Dead Poets Society
So how exactly you can write a poem?
Three easy ways
Write when you feel like it. As it is said, poetry is spontaneous. You cannot just sit and write a poem for the sake of writing. It is about expression. So write when you feel like it. Share your happiness, write when you are sad—let words flow instead of tears. Burst your anger on to the paper—let it console your heart.
Get in touch with nature and life. It is never easy to write a poem, sitting in a cubicle in your noisy office in the town. To write a beautiful poem, you have to step out in to the nature and observe the life around. That is where you find inspiration. You may see people who share same emotions and thoughts as you do, which will comfort—realizing that you are not alone in this big round world. You can write about anything you like comparing it to everything you feel like. That’s how William Wordsworth gave us ‘Daffodils’ and ‘Solitary Reaper’ to lighten our heart and soul.
No Rules. Its high time quitting words/techniques like meter, rhythm and all. It was needed when way back in 18th century writers tend to follow traditional methods of writing instead of the rhythm of their heart. There is no rule or decorum in writing a poem. All you need is to feel what you write. Poetry in no respect differs from ‘prose’. We never would want to sit with a dictionary to read a poem, do we? We would get lost in the process of understanding metaphysical poems of poets like John Donne who compared lovers to be a ‘compass’ in A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning, which was—not to mention—mind blowing, but takes months for a common man to understand it.
Wordsworth says “The Poet is not one who presents facts but he writes with the necessity of giving ‘immediate pleasure’ to a human being”
So do write a poem.