How to Write a Free Verse Poem

Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquility. – William Wordsworth

Sometimes writing is something that you feel like doing, but you don’t know what do to, where to start, what to write. You don’t want to write something that is going to take a long time or is going to be difficult.

But you have ideas.

Ideas for a beautiful poem.

Ideas for a poem that no one else has ever written.

However, having to worry about the syllables or the rhymes is not something that you feel like dealing with right then.

This is a good time to try writing a free verse poem.

A free verse poem is one that doesn’t rhyme, doesn’t have to have any certain amount of syllables, doesn’t have to have any certain form.

This is something that can be exhilarating to write.

But the numberless amount of possibilities in writing a free verse poem can be a bit overwhelming and daunting. In fact Robert Frost compared writing free verse to ‘playing tennis without the net.’ So, this is one of those forms of poetry that some people like and some don’t. However, if you have not tried writing a free verse poem, I would recommend trying it because you might enjoy it.

Okay, now I will kind of walk you through writing a free verse poem, but since these poems have absolutely no rules, this is just going to be how I write a free verse poem. Maybe if you have not written a free verse poem or you are just looking for a new way to do one this will be helpful for you though.

And if writing a free verse poem seems a bit overwhelming because of all the possibilities, hopefully this will help with that a bit.

To start I choose what I am going to write about. It can be anything from something that happened in your life to a poem about your lamp.

Today my poem is going to be about music. Probably because I have music playing in the back ground and my mind is going blank on what to write.

Once you figure out what you are going to write about just start writing. Don’t worry about it not being tidy. You will be able to edit it afterwards.

Just write how you feel. Go to new lines when it feels right.

Here is the draft of my poem:

Sounds drift
Mind wonders what sound means without words
Thoughts drift

Wondering through
Crystal
Breaking

Sounds without words
But not without meaning

Joy and sorrow
Love and hate

All

All taught without words

So, that is my first draft. As you can see it is pretty rough and it is not exactly what I was thinking that it would be.

Basically I just wrote what came into my head.

Now I have an idea of what I’m writing, I’ll tidy it up and make it into the poem that I want it to be.

Here is the finished poem:

World of sounds
Never quiet

Music cuts through
all other noises

Fresh air in a lost world

Music
teaches
without words
Emotions
of
the heart

Without words

Learn

Love and hate
Joy and sorrow

Listen for truth

That’s my free verse poem.

I hope that this will inspire you to write your own free verse poem. If you do I’d love to read it, so if you want to post it in the comments or link me to where you posted it on your blog I’d love to read your poetry!

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2 thoughts on “How to Write a Free Verse Poem

  1. Wow! That was an amazing post. I am so impressed with all of your talents.

    My step daughter is a poet. She won the Yale Younger Poet’s Award 10-12 years ago and is now the Poet of Williams College. Keep up the great work and who knows what you can be!

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