You can write poems, Writing Wisdom Tree

Write poems your way by learning from the greats

You can write poems like celebrated poets, if writing poems is something that you want to do. Just find the right template to suit your needs. This template is a poem written by your favourite poet.

Don’t stress about the subject matter. You can build on the subject explored by the poet or you can inject your own subject into the ‘form’ that the poet used to communicate his/her ideas.

Here is one of Shakespeare’s sonnets courtesy of YoungWriters in which he puts his love, though imperfect, on a pedestal as he is wont to do in many of his sonnets.

Sonnet 130

My Mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun;
Coral is far more red than her lips’ red;
If snow be white, why then her breasts are dun;
If hairs be wires, black wires grow on her head.
I have seen roses damasked, red and white,
But no such roses see I in her cheeks;
And in some perfumes is there more delight
There in the breath that from my mistress reeks.
I love to hear her speak; yet well I know
That music hath a far more pleasing sound;
I grant I never saw a goddess go;
My mistress, when she walks, treads on the ground
Any yet, by heaven, I think my love as rare
As any she belied with false compare.

Now, here is my poem that I have squeezed into this poetic form. I won’t provide an explanation. I leave you to your own interpretation.

Diving for pearls by JBF

Eyes glazed, wandering over lines on the page
Searching for heart-felt wisdom buried there
By overworked minds creating a maze
Of letters for lovers of verses rare.
They search from left to right, from right to left
From top to bottom, from bottom to top.
Horizontally, eyes wander bereft
Not finding a clue in the closed word shop.
It is there; they are there; waiting release
Diagonal lines oozing profound truths
Inscribed on blank pages filling the breach
Crafted by the wise sitting in their booths
Basking in the glow of their created world
Beaming at the thought of their flag unfurled.


It’s fun to experiment by using the poems of eminent poets as a template. However, you can write your own poems without the use of any template. Create a style and you may be surprised that a number of budding poets will start to emulate you.

If you are interested in the technicalities of poetry writing, start here for some guidance.

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