Poetry 101 – Where to Get Ideas for Poetry

A series of posts about poetry 101

Thomas Edison once said, ‘To have a great idea, have a lot of them.’

What is brainstorming?

Brainstorming is thinking about the poem and all the ideas that could be used in a poem.

How to brainstorm

1. Take time to think before writing the poem.

2. Find inspiration. Think about the things that are interesting. Drawing pictures can sometimes help.

3. Grab a pen and a blank page and write down, in no order, ideas for the poem.

4. Then write down a few words about it, decide if you want the poem to rhyme or be a particular type of
poem. And then once you have brain stormed, the writing needs to begin.

5. Ask the Five W’s.

Keep in mind the theme of this year’s competition when brainstorming your poem.

Some poetry advice, examples, and tips aimed at primary school teachers to be used as a resource.

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