How To Write a Poem
TBS has a Metrical Psalms book great for getting used to poetry. The more familiar you are with poetry; the better it is when you write poetry.
- Write Down Ideas
- Look up Synonyms to Find Words That Rhyme With your Ideas
- Write Down Rhyming Words for each Idea wordcentral.com
- Decide how many syllable you want per Line (also called the meter)
- Write it and Keep Working on it Till is Sounds the Way You Want
- Practice Finding Syllables and Rhyming Words Using 1650 Scottish Psalter.
You can get use to poetry with the Metrical Psalms. Find the syllables in each line. Mark the words at the end of lines that rhyme.
You can sing these songs to tunes that are in the 184.108.40.206 meter.
That means 8 syllables first line, 6 syllables the second line, 8 syllables the third line, and 6 syllables the fourth line.
Some of these tunes are:
O God Our Help in Ages Past
All Hail The Power of Jesus Name
Shall We Gather at the River
The Lord is My Shepherd
AND MORE TUNES
To Write a good poem you need to learn about syllables and accent.
To Decide on the syllables in a word:
Find the root if there is one. (The root is the small word with out prefixes and suffixes.) This is a syllable.
A prefixes is letters before the root. A prefix is a syllable.
A suffix is letters after the root. This is a syllable.
Here are some more tips to know where the syllables start and end:
- If there is one constanent inside the word, and the vowel before it is long, divide before the constanent.
- If there is two constanents together inside the word, devide between them.
- If the word ends in le with a el sound, include the constanent before the le with the le syllable.
Accent in Poems
If the word has:
- The Root
- For The Suffix Starting With i, The Syllable Before
- For The Suffix ate, The Syllable That is 2 Syllables Before
- 2 Syllables, Accent the First Syllable
- 3 Syllables, Accent the First or Second Syllable
Rhyming in Poems
Another feature of a lot of good poems is rhyming.
The words rhyme if:
EXAMPLES: me he; show know; get let; free see; playing saying;
- The Last Letters, Including Last Vowel, Sound Alike OR
- The Last Letters, of Accented Syllable Including Vowel, Sound Alike OR
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