Writing Inspirational Poetry: Verses That Lift the Soul

by | May 15, 2023 | Poetry | 0 comments

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For people who feel low, writing motivational and uplifting poetry, like the ones in Brion K. Hanks’ When The Rose Fades, can be wonderful and calming.

Feeling down and generally negative is a common experience. Everyone has times when their mind seems like it’s stuck in a rut with no hope of coming out. That’s normal. Life is sometimes very, very frustrating, and not everyone can take a step back and avoid its bad parts. And sometimes, sometimes, what is needed in life is just a bit of inspiration, a deliberate push toward living more.

If the road grows narrower, it’s no issue to simply widen it. 

And one of the best ways to inspire oneself—a method that can be traced back to when most humans were nomadic and sedentary civilizations were just beginning to grow—is poetry. 

Poetry is a very practical art form. It requires simply one to organize their thoughts and perspectives in a way that is both enriching and memorable. So, it is quite astonishing that most people don’t know how to write a poem. Throughout school, individuals pass through reams and reams of paper, writing essays, research proposals, tests, letters, etc., but only a handful ever get the chance to face a blank sheet of paper and write down a poem. 

Sure, poetry is discussed and expounded—but that is only limited to poetry that’s already been written down and poems that have become quite famous. There is no legitimate excuse for students themselves to try a hand at doing proper and actual poetry.

This greatly impedes one’s creative impulses. Poetry is a deeply intimate and personal form of art; it evokes emotions, sparks memories, and conveys ideas, so not letting people learn how to write poetry seems counterproductive to wanting to develop a holistically minded individual. Writing inspirational poetry can be transformational and deeply cathartic. 

How to Write Inspirational Poetry

So, if you want to learn how to write inspirational poetry that speaks to the soul, here are some ideas:

  1. Sort out your emotions first before writing down anything. This does not mean that you have to be stoic when you’re already writing, but it does mean that you have to be focused. If you are feeling angry, sad, or happy, you should do your best not to be overwhelmed when you start writing. This is because when you are swallowed up by your emotions, the exercise of writing poetry becomes only a way to vent. And while this is also a good way to release any pent-up grief and the like, it does not create anything productive.
  2. Try avoiding clichés and platitudes. Although it seems like everything has been written down, it really hasn’t. This does not mean that you must always put words into an order never before seen—that’s impossible—it only means that you should try to be more creative and look at things from another angle. 
  3. In lieu of using common stock phrases and the like, the poet’s best tool is imagery. Through the use of metaphor, simile, exaggeration, and other figures of speech, you can create entire vistas with just words alone. 
  4. The most memorable poems are the ones that resonate. This is done through the deliberate and meticulous preference for concreteness over abstraction. What does that mean? Using specific words instead of general ones and learning what the right words are for the right context.
  5. When the average person first thinks of writing a poem, the one thing they want to know is how to end the verses in rhymes. This should not be something that you get bogged down on. If you want to make your lines rhyme, by all means, that is good—but it is not necessary for writing a poem. 
  6. After you’ve written all that you can, remember that that is not the end. You have to read what you wrote and see if it needs more or less; if it needs revisions or not. Do this until you think it is good enough for you or for your intended audience.

If you want to study more motivational and uplifting poetry, the works of Brion K. Hanks, Rudyard Kipling, Emily Dickenson, Robert Frost, Sylvia Plath, and Christina Rossetti.


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