25 Poetry Themes and Forms to Spark Creativity


Acrostic:  Take a word and make associations. https://sarahleastories.com/2015/04/10/poem-a-day-writers-digest-challenge-9-theme-work/

Apocalypse:  There are many ways the world can end; remember, it doesn’t have to be the whole world.  https://sarahleastories.com/2018/04/07/poem-a-day-april-2018-writers-digest-challenge-7-theme-senses/

Childhood memories:  If you sit and relax, you will remember more than you think you will; it doesn’t hurt to ask family members or old friends what they remember, because we all remember different things. https://sarahleastories.com/2018/03/02/childhood-memories-spelling-bees/

Current events:  Painted rocks and little free libraries are all the rage.  http://ecorsair.com/little-free-bookshelf-inspires-literacy-through-creativity/

Education:  People like to learn information in new ways; make it entertaining, for even adults like to “learn through play”; I love life lessons.  https://sarahleastories.com/2018/07/15/what-i-learned-from-writing-for-the-college-newspaper/

Ekphrastic (a poetic form inspired by a piece of fine art): https://sarahleastories.com/2016/10/12/writers-digest-wednesday-poetry-prompt-371-theme-ekphrastic-poem/

Fairy Tales (especially the compound fractured kind):  https://sarahleastories.com/2016/02/12/writers-digest-wednesday-poetry-prompt-340-theme-finally-or-at-last/

Family Dynamics (or, in my case, my crazy family): https://sarahleastories.com/2016/04/29/poem-a-day-2016-writers-digest-challenge-29-theme-haphazard/

From your own work:  A piece can have many incarnations–each can take on a life of its own.  I did this with my novel, Because of Mindy Wiley: https://sarahleastories.com/2016/07/22/fiction-friday-micropoetry-based-on-the-book-2/

Lawlessness & Disorder:  Just open your newspaper, peruse cold cases, etc.  https://sarahleastories.com/2017/03/27/micropoetry-monday-lawlessness-disorder/

The Lighter Side:  Humor is always welcome, for it connects us in a human way.  https://sarahleastories.com/2016/10/17/micropoetry-monday-the-lighter-side/

Limerick:  https://sarahleastories.com/2017/02/17/writers-digest-wednesday-poetry-prompt-383-theme-nope/.  The Saturday Evening Post hosts a free limerick contest that’s worth checking out:  http://www.saturdayeveningpost.com/limerick-contest

Modern Proverbs (list poems or life lessons, in poetic form or with line breaks): https://sarahleastories.com/2016/04/02/poem-a-day-2016-writers-digest-challenge-1-theme-foolish/

Nature (just-so stories are my favorite):  https://sarahleastories.com/2015/04/22/poem-a-day-writers-digest-challenge-22-theme-nature/

Opposites:  I like three-line poems where the first two lines are opposites and the third line brings them together in a surprising way.  https://sarahleastories.com/2017/02/07/micropoetry-monday-opposites/

Our Beautiful South:  Your geography; even overexposed places like Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York, have their microcosms: https://sarahleastories.com/2014/03/02/nonet-poems-my-geography/

Pantoum:  What I love about this form is that some of the lines repeat: https://sarahleastories.com/2017/02/19/pantoum-poem-an-exercise-in-repetition/

Pet Life:  If you’ve never had experience with a pet, don’t worry–there are many animal stories out there.  I love stories about animals who help people, through service or therapy.  https://sarahleastories.com/2017/11/08/writers-digest-november-poem-a-day-2017-challenge-8-theme-thing/

Persona:  It’s not the story itself, but how you tell it.  https://sarahleastories.com/2016/01/26/writers-digest-wednesday-poetry-prompt-337-theme-persona-poem/

Reconstruction:  People, like buildings, can be torn down and rebuilt.  https://sarahleastories.com/2017/05/15/micropoetry-monday-reconstruction/

Thanatology (or any other -ology): https://sarahleastories.com/2017/02/27/micropoetry-monday-thanatology/

Weapons, and Things that are Hard:  Anything can be used as a weapon:  sex, the Internet, wrenches, revolvers, lead pipes, etc. https://sarahleastories.com/2017/05/22/micropoetry-monday-weapons-things-that-are-hard/

What if? I probably ask myself this question everyday:  https://sarahleastories.com/2016/05/05/writers-digest-wednesday-poetry-prompt-348-theme-when-everything-goes/

Working:  Dirty jobs, unusual jobs, etc.:  https://sarahleastories.com/2015/04/10/poem-a-day-writers-digest-challenge-9-theme-work/

The Writer’s Life:  Writing about writing doesn’t have to be boring; have fun with play-on words or phrases  https://sarahleastories.com/2017/08/14/micropoetry-monday-the-writers-life-4/

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