by Lucy Ochoa-Petit ǀ @lucy_luisana
“a powerful poem will
make you feel whatever
the poet is feeling;
it’ll teleport you
to a place, painting a
vivid picture in your mind
“If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is
poetry.” Emily Dickens.
In my opinion, there’s no simple recipe for writing a great poem but like Emily Dickens describes in her quote, a powerful poem will make you feel whatever the poet is feeling; it’ll teleport you to a place, painting a vivid picture in your mind.
To write powerful poetry, we must sharpen our writing technique – this will spice up our poems and make them memorable.
You can add flavour, depth and vividness to your poetry, using similes and metaphors. These literary devices compare one thing to another in a creative way.
Similes compare, using the word like or as, while metaphors get straight to the point, simply stating the comparison. For example, instead of saying, “The waves are big”, you could say:
Simile: The waves are as big as impenetrable mountains.
The waves are like an enormous lion, eating me alive.
Metaphor: The waves are giant skyscrapers that almost touch the sky.
Similes and metaphors are a poet’s dream tools because they show rather than tell, making your writing more descriptive and fun. These literary devices will help you set the mood, awaken emotions and trigger memories.
Similes and metaphors will also help you say a lot with just a few words, which is useful when writing micropoetry. Most importantly, they’ll show off your creativity and help you unlock your readers’ imagination.
Next time you feel inspired, use a simile or metaphor to add zest to your poem.
And when you use a simile or metaphor, remember to tag @herheartoncraft or add #herheartoncraft to your caption for a chance to be featured on our page.
So get started. Your next poem is waiting to be written.
Lucy Ochoa-Petit ǀ @lucy_luisana
Lucy is a curious creative who loves all things poetry. Her writing reflects her experiences and the world around her. She is passionate about helping others discover their love of poetry and poetic voice through writing technique.