Date posted: April 12, 2019
Writing a poem doesn’t have to be difficult.
List poems are an accessible form of poetry. List poems at their most basic are a list of words on a theme. Sometimes the lists rhyme, and sometimes they don’t. List poems can be any length.
List poems can draw from personal experience (favourite colours? items in your refrigerator? daily routine? food you like to eat? things that make you happy?) and have a simple structure. These features make them a good starting place for beginning poetry writers.
For more information on list poems and how to write them, read:
- How to Write a Funny List Poem
- List Poem
- List Poems Are Easy To Like
- Poetry Writing With Adult New Readers, Strategy 1: The List Poem
- Put That on the List: Collaboratively Writing a Catalog Poem
- Write a List Poem
List poems can be serious, but they are often funny. Here’s a performance of Sick, a list poem for children by author Shel Silverstein.