Free Verse Poetry

DP #33: Poetic Emotions

Write down an emotion – any at all – at the top of your page. This will serve as the title for a poem you’re now going to write.

Don’t overthink it.  Just write all the ways you can think of to represent this emotion. Consider figurative and concrete language as you write. This doesn’t have to rhyme or have any specific structure. You can consider it a free write if that helps.

Write for ten minutes.


Today, we’re going to talk about a very popular form of poetry: free verse. What is free verse?

Free verse is one of my favorite forms. Here are several I’ve written on my own blog to give you an idea of how open-ended (and freeing) this style of poetry can be.

For practice, you’re going to model a free verse poem after a very famous modern poem titled, “The Red Wheelbarrow.”

Let’s chat about it.

Here’s my free verse poem inspired by it: “So Much”

Let’s chat some more. I’ll share with you my inspiration behind it so you can see how much meaning can lie beneath a poem’s surface.

Now, it’s time for you to write your own poem inspired by “The Red Wheelbarrow.”

Go for it!  Hopefully, some of you will share and even post it on your blog. If you do, please share a link to it in the comments on today’s post.



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