How to Write a Stanza Poem?
Writing a Stanza Poem
Next, you need to decide on what type of stanza poem you want to write about. Prior knowledge about each stanza type is essential for drafting a proper poem.
- How to write a rhyming poem?
- How to write a two stanza poem?
- How to write a three stanza poem?
- How to write a six stanza poem?
Briefly explaining, a stanza is similar to a paragraph in an essay so selecting a stanza type for your poem means that you are limiting yourself to a particular set of rules of poetry writing; number of lines, rhyming structure and meter.
Select a Theme
- Poem writing is basically “a word dance” where you need to choreograph words, phrases and sentences and set them to a particular style of rhyming structure.
- Before beginning with your word dance, you need to set up a theme to follow.
- A theme is akin to a central idea around which a poem is built. It could be an object (tree, cloud, room etc.) or a concept (a love poem or dark poetry etc.)
Decide Your Style and Form
- Knowledge about a haiku or a sonnet is not mandatory for drafting a good poem. A person, totally clueless about different forms of poetry might be able to pen down a master piece if he or she knows how to manage the flow of words, acquired from inspiration.
- Select the rhyming structure that suits you best.
- Try to format a few sentence on the basis of your rhyming structure.
- Lock it in.
Collect and Pen Down Your Random Thoughts
- Note down the abstract verses, words and small tits and bits as they come.
- Jot down and play around by adjusting and readjusting your letters.
- Let loose of your imagination and you will form new ideas as you work with your sentences.
Filter, Select and Modify Words
- Find synonyms and related words by making use of dictionary, thesaurus and a synonyms dictionary for your existing words.
- Insert them in your verses or make readjustments for them to fit in.
- Rephrase your verses so they form a better pattern.
Edit and Re-Edit
- Edit, edit and edit your poem.
- Omit words and phrases that do not fit in with your central idea or rhyming structure.
- Read aloud your poem to yourself and look for loose ends or instances where the flow doesn’t sound right.
- Make corrections.
- Get a friend, teacher or family member to listen to your poem.
- Ask them to tell you the good and bad spots.
- Improvise on those spots.