INTRODUCTION TO POETIC WRITING
"You're a Poet - Even If You Didn't Know It!"
Now you have had some experience with many types of poems, used elements of figurative language, and you have practiced "spicing up" your writing with descriptive words. It's time for YOU to try your hand at poetic writing.
It's time to remind you of the four (4) elements of poetry on which you'll concentrate. They are: theme, purpose, form, and mood. The four elements will work together to make a successful poem.
CENTRAL IDEA When you select a theme, this becomes the focus of the whole poem. It is the main idea of the piece and everything in the poem
relates to that idea and reinforces it.
PURPOSE After your theme is selected you must ask yourself three (3)
questions to guide you in the development of your theme.
1. Who is your audience and what do you
want to tell them?
2. What is your theme?
3. How can you support the theme with descriptive
MOOD Three questions will help you decide how the purpose and mood will combine to complete your poem.
1. How do you feel about the theme?
2. Is the theme serious, funny, sad?
3. Are you explaining something?
After your purpose is defined and you recognize your feelings towards the purpose, this will determine the tone or
mood of your poem. What effect do you want your poem
to have on the reader? How can you "flavor" or "figure" your
poem to make it spooky and suspenseful or touching and
FORM After the mood of the poem has been determined, decide
which poetic form you will use to BEST achieve the mood,
fulfills the purpose, and supports the theme that you've determined.
The next four lessons are designed to help you with the elements of poetry, theme, purpose, mood, and form.