You can fill a shape with your poem or write around the edge.
More inspiration for shape poems
One way of motivating anyone to write about Shape poetry is to concentrate on their passions, interests or hobbies. The first step to do this is to think of a shape that says something about a person’s interest. Of course, this looks all too easy so just to make things a little challenging, metaphor or similes will be included.
Concrete poems or shape poems are fun to write. This type of creative writing can be an initial activity for a poetry subject. There are three ways to write shape poems. The first type is the easiest level. All you have to do is to think of a topic. When choosing a topic it should about something you like. This means you can write about your collection, game, interest, favorite sport or hobby. The next step would be to brainstorm about topics. It can be exciting to know that you can write poetry about hunting, basketball, cooking other than about love.
Now, draw a shape or form in which to cover the poem. You could draw a star, basketball, football, flower, computer, fruits etc. Once you have drawn a shape, write a draft of four to six lines about the topic. A shape poem has no restriction when it comes to rhyming so it’s up to you if you want to rhyme or not. Write the text around the shape, it would be a lot better if you can add color to it. There, that’s how you write shape poems.
Let’s move on to the medium level. This is a little bit harder than making a shape poem on the first level. Write a draft of your poem but this time include a simile. A simile is a figure of speech which compares two things using as or like. Here is an example of a simile, Ben is as hard as a rock. Make the poem longer with at least six lines instead of four. Creatively write the words in other places rather than just being wrapped outside the form or shape. Use your imagination to color your poem. Congratulations! You have just created another shape poem.
This time let’s make it more difficult. Start with making a rough draft of your poem but include a simile, alliteration and metaphor. Alliteration consists of three or more words in a line start having the same consonant. For example, Ben brought his bag. Or, Robert threw the rope in the river. A metaphor compares two different things. An example would be, My father is the pillar of our family or his eyes are as cold as ice. The poem should consist of at least six to eight lines. Creatively use the words to form the shape. No drawing should be used only words. Add color to make the shape form more interesting. Now, you can display all the poems anywhere you like. Needless to say, each poem will vary from person to person who writes it.
Prior to making a draft, you should have decided where to make your poem rhyme or not then proceed with writing your text. If adding figures of speech or making your poem rhyme is too challenging for you, it would be best if you research some more about the simile, metaphor, or any alliteration that you would like to include on your poem. In fact, you can do this while you are making a draft of your shape poem.
Writing a shape poem should be enjoyable. Think of it as a step to improve your creativity so there should not be any pressure just have lots of fun.
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