How to Write an Inspirational Poem

There are so many different ways to approach poetry because there is no limit to its subject matter, tone, or meaning. That being said, many people tend to be drawn to poetry with an inspirational message because it resonates with them. For some, if the meaning is too lighthearted, it may not keep their attention. Any budding poets who want to write a piece that will attract the deep-thinkers should heed a few points of advice.


One of the best things to do in order to go about writing an inspirational piece is to bring a pen and notebook (or laptop or other device that can record) everywhere--absolutely everywhere. To make a piece inspirational, the writer must first be inspired. With that in mind, inspiration can be found anywhere, and may very well sneak up on you. Thus, writers always want to be prepared to record a thought if and when it occurs.


Writers must learn to look at everything through an artistic lens. Spend some time really looking around at things that may seem commonplace--like, perhaps, birds on a wire or headlights on a highway. Realize how much beauty is overlooked in everyday life and try to find some parallel meaning. It is images like this that will intrigue the reader, as new perspective is always inspiring.


Having a peaceful area in which to do the writing is crucial. Some people do not necessarily need quiet in order to have peace, though. Whether it is at your desk that the thoughts come flowing the most freely, or somewhere in nature, or even on the train, go to the place that makes you feel most inspired and free. This will put a writer in the state of mind to connect with his or her thoughts and articulate them.


In the actual writing process, begin by taking notes. Write down anything that seems to have beauty or any particular thoughts or themes that come to mind. Continue to take notes on anything and everything that is inspiring for a long period of time. With several pages of notes and ideas, it is easy to choose some that form a theme, and thus, a writer can determine about what they feel most strongly.


The final aspect of the process is to decide on rhythm and meter. Consider having the flow of the poem correspond with what it is about. There are rhythms that sound more upbeat and some that sound a bit more somber. A lot can be conveyed simply through how the words read. By deciding on the sound of the poem, it will make the piece seem very cohesive (or not, if that is the point) and seem more like a final product.


Once a final product is achieved, it is best to post it online, submit it to newspapers or magazines, and share it with others in order to get some feedback. Other readers and writers will have critical eyes and help you to perfect the piece of art by perhaps streamlining the ideas or changing phrasing. Eventually, the piece will seem polished and any writer can be well on his way to inspiring others with his words and rhythm.

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