Poetry 101 – Rhyming and The Five Ws of Creative Writing

Show don’t tell
Poems don’t have to rhyme. They can rhyme, if that’s what you want but they don’t have to. And contemporary poetry is about turning the world upside down to show a new perspective so rhyming is more suited to irony or a play with melodic phonics.

Before you write a poem ask yourself the five W’s.

1. Who is my poem about?

2. What is my poem about?

3. When is my poem happening?

4. Where is poem based, country/city/dream/lake etc ?

5. Why? Why is this idea interesting? Why does this idea stand out?  By asking these questions, a  deeper understanding can be brought to the poem.

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