“I don’t know how to write a poem -

    Oh help me someone please.”

You’ll need to learn a little first

    Before you’ll write with ease.


It’s good to hear a poem READ;

    Then learn one off by heart.

Listening and reciting poems

    Is the place where you should start.


So, listen daily to a poem,

    And here’s what you do next:

Read and read and READ again

    The words you’ve HEARD, in text.


Reciting poems is wonderful -

    Put expression in your voice:

Choose the poem you like the most.

    There’s such an awesome choice.


Poems are fun.  They’re not hard work.

    They’re linked, of course, to song.

And English is so lyrical  -

    You know that I’m not wrong.


Then take the time to learn about

    Metre, also rhyme.

It’s easy peasy actually

    And won’t take up much time.


Iambic feet? di DUM di DUM -

    They march along in time

Whilst anapests just dance along.

    They go so well with rhyme.


Then go back to the poems you know

   And count the measured beat -

Remember that the beats of poems

    Are counted by their “feet”.


Heptameter has seven feet:

    Two lines they take for sure:

You count the feet within this verse:

    You’ll not find one foot more.


Tetrameter has four clear beats

    On every line you see,

Then look at a tetramic poem:

    It rhymes aa bb.


So practise your iambic feet

    A few lines every day -

And you’ll be writing poetry:

    “It’s so easy” you will say.


The final thing for you to check:

    Your rhymes should be precise -

But when you’ve written your first verse,

    Inside you’ll feel quite nice.



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