Poetry likes similes and metaphors. Read a variety of authors' poems and see if you can pick out the similes like the ones shown here.
The more you read poetry, the better poet you will become!
Want an example of a metaphor? Here's my porcupine poem-
The Porcupine Poem
with a bristly, thistly back,
curls up tight in a bramble ball -
a prickly needle stack.
"Not what Miss Ross had in mind when after the English quiz she told Billy to "Hit the books!"
I've had fun doodling/'cartooning' for a few kids' magazines. If anything funny or silly comes to mind - draw it and add a phrase. The image or phrase can give you an idea for a whole poem. I wrote my "Baseball Poem" after I completed this cartoon!
Have you ever heard of the word onomatopoeia? I bet you're twisting your tongue just to try to pronounce it! In poetry, onomatopoeia is the way we use words to describe or imitate certain sounds. It can be fun to play with!
This is my duck poem example:
Look for ideas everywhere! Pay attention to the world around you - little things, big things, people, animals, buildings, events, nature - anything you can see, hear, taste, smell, feel or observe. Be alert! You never now when a good idea will sneak up on you!
You may get an idea for a poem from an unusual looking leaf, or from a painting or picture you've seen, or from a word you like, or something you feel passionate about. Maybe you can find a new way of looking at an ordinary thing. I've read the best poems about paper clips and toaster ovens! For instance, you can compare a stapler to little teeth that chomp down on paper.
Most of the time, if you focus on looking for an idea by being open to it, the idea will come to you. Try not to strain to find something, but instead move toward the things that interest or fascinate you. It's so important to write what you know about, especially when you're just beginning to write poetry. It will help your words flow, and you will have lots to 'say'.
Many of my ideas come when I'm driving or riding in the car. I also get lots of ideas while I walk my dog. Pay attention to those times you feel inspired, and act on it. You may be taking a shower when the subject of your poem decides to pop in your mind!