[Writing & Craft, Poetry]

Five Tips on Writing a Poem: Jane Yolen

She’s been called America’s Hans Christian Andersen, but why not call her America’s Jane Yolen?! I’m happy to welcome today’s guest poetry poster, Jane Yolen!

 

Jane Yolen

©2011 Jason Stemple

Five Tips On Writing A Poem

1. Look at the world through metaphor,

seeing one tree in terms of another.

2. Let two words bump up against another

Or seesaw on a single line.

3. Tell the truth inside out

Or on the slant.

4. Remember that grammar can be a good friend

And a mean neighbor.

5. Let the poem rhyme in the heart,

Though not always on the page.

 

©1999  Jane Yolen

 

How to Write A Poem: A Bite-Size Sonnet

Insight.

Now.

Write—

How?

Butt.

Chair.

What?

Where?

 

Heart

Pains.

Art

Gains.

Bleed.

Read.

 

© 2010 by Jane Yolen

 

A Poem Is

 

Words

Running

down

the

page,

in black script

sneakers.

 

Words

nudging/one/another

like bumper cars

at a fair.

 

Words

humming,

thrumming,

drumming,

strumming,

an orchestra

of sounds,

 

Words that take

a thought

a wish,

a sentiment,

a pryer,

and then suck out

all the hot air.

 

A poem is.

 

©2008 by Jane Yolen

21 Responses to Five Tips on Writing a Poem: Jane Yolen

  1. Anna Guillotte says:

    love it! I recently discovered that the poetry format works best for my writing style. And ironically all the sudden I’ve been seing alot of posts about poetry for children lately. Great post – thank you!

  2. Christy Peterson says:

    I’d like to read the “A Poem Is” poem during a presentation I’m giving to a class of 3rd and 4th graders. Do you know if it has been published anywhere so I can give proper credit and also direct kids/parents to the right publication if they wish to purchase a copy themselves?

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