Poetry Writing Worksheets:
Acrostic Poems –
Choose a topic for a poem. The topic should be specific, and at least seven
Pyramid Poems –
A pyramid poem follows a very specific format, and makes the
shape of a pyramid on the page.
Write a Sensory Poem –
Finish the poem by filling in the blanks with words
phrases. Try to use phrases for lines 2 through 5.
Write a Color Poem –
Brainstorm. Write down everything you can think of your color has
to do with each of the senses listed.
Part 2 –
Write your color on every line in the left-hand column.
Complete the poem by filling in the blanks. Use your notes
Free Verse –
It is an example of free verse, the only kind of poem that has
no rules at all. It does not have rhyme or regular meter. Free verse
typically relies on imagery, alliteration, etc. to convey meaning.
A couplet is two lines of poetry that are about the same length, and the last
word of each line rhymes. Poems can be made up of multiple couplets.
Write a Shape Poem –
A shape poem (also called a concrete poem) is a poem in which
the shape of the words on the page create the shape of the thing
that the poem is about.
Tanka is a form of poetry that is almost 1200 years old. It is like haiku in that
there is a strict format for how many syllables can be on each line.
But Tanka poems are characterized by metaphorical language like simile,
metaphor and personification.
Writing Limericks –
A limerick is a poem that is five-lines long. It also has a specific rhyme
and meter. The rhyme scheme is AABBA, and the first, second and
fifth lines have three feet each with the following stressed (S) and
unstressed (U) syllables: USUUSUUS.
The Cinquain –
A cinquain is a poem that is five lines long, and has the
following syllable pattern: 2, 4, 6, 8, 2.