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Writing creative poems may seem easy enough, but they too require some creative writing research. If you want to write a haiku, a limerick, or even a sonnet, you need to learn the format and the pentameter to follow in order to make it coalesce into the perfect rhyme scheme or poetic verse that you are striving to create.
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Even if writing what you know makes for great, engaging, creative poems, you will never know just what you're missing in terms of ideas unless you do some poetic research.
Presidential poems These provide a great context for research. For example, if you want to write creative poems about Obama, you have to learn more about his history, whom to compare him or contrast him with, or other vital information about him, so that your poem won't seem as ordinary as any other. You want your work to stand out. Find some detail of his childhood, figure out why he chose certain people to make up his Cabinet, or discover the reasons he became a politician in the first place. There are surprising answers out there, and even more questions that will surface after you have found these answers. Write a creative poem about the hope he provides because of one of these details, or the gloom that shrouded the country until he became the successor to the presidency. If you'd rather write about the inspiration of George Bush, Bill Clinton, Abraham Lincoln, or Thomas Jefferson, feel free to do so. Just because you're doing research doesn't mean it can't be about something you like. Here is a simple presidential haiku:
Illinois' own rising star
Another popular poetry writing topic that might strike your fancy deals with princesses. If Elton John can write a song as a tribute to Princess Diana called “Candle in the Wind,” you can also find your own way to write a princess poem of your own. Your princess poem can be about Diana, or maybe even one of the fairy tale princesses such as Ariel, Belle, Jasmine, or Disney’s new princess, Tiana, from The Princess and the Frog. What qualities make for a good, loving, caring princess? Why are princesses looked up to and admired? Define their characteristics in your princess poem so that you will have created the most vivid, dynamic princess that a poem can have. Make her sweet and charming, or take a cue from Cinderella, and explain why the evil stepsisters would have made lousy, irritating princesses that the prince would have quickly banished to the far reaches of the kingdom.
You may want to write creative poems about your "princess" or another special person in your life. A "princess" to you may be a metaphor for a special girl in your life, whether she is your daughter, niece, sister, mother, aunt, wife, etc. Poems provide that special outlet for expressing your emotions and making your feelings clear and understandable. Here is an example of a princess poem:
Little princess he called the girl
As her tutu she would twirl.
Her grandpa wanted her to know
That he truly loved her so
The truth was that she'd always be
The perfect image to a tee
Of a loving, kind, and sweet
Princess one would love to meet.
Don’t fret if your poem turns into something more. If you do enough creative writing research, there is no doubt that you will have more than enough to write about to make for more than one short, creative poem. Maybe you’ll choose to write two or three poems about the same topic. However, if a short story or the beginning of a novel starts to flow out of you, let it flow. Take it for all it’s worth and more. You might find that your writing will prosper in the most unexpected of genres!
Another way to do some poetry creative writing research is to learn more about myths and folktales, including the leprechaun legend. If you want to write a leprechaun poem, my best advice to you is to aim for a limerick. Having done some research of my own, Irish limericks are quite popular, and when you read them, you can almost hear an Irish voice in the background reciting them to you.
Do some creative writing research of your own about Irish limericks. See how they’re written, the rhyme scheme they follow, and what they are written about. Check out some limerick examples as a means of setting you to writing. Here is one to try on for size (put on your best Irish accent to make it sound authentic):
Seamus O'Leary from Dublin
On St. Patrick's Day had brew bubblin'.
People looked for his gold
Where he led them was cold
And no rainbow, which many found troublin'.
Think about what your leprechaun poem will be about. Will you catch your leprechaun quickly, or will he cause you more stress and grief than he’s worth? What will his treasure be? Will he take you to the end of the rainbow, or will he have some other hiding spot that is more elusive to find? Is he your average leprechaun, or is he smaller, taller, larger, or thinner? Irish limericks are meant to be funny, so make your leprechaun poem one that pokes fun at the nuances that you will make up for your leprechaun character or the person who is finding him.
Have fun with your writing. Otherwise it becomes a chore, and we know that isn’t what you want it to be.
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