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Study Creative Writing in Manchester!

If you have enjoyed this course, you may be interested in the MFA/MA Creative Writing programme at Manchester Metropolitan University. The course is taught by practising writers, offers specialist routes …

Study Creative Writing in Manchester!

You have come to the end of this short course, How To Make A Poem. If you’ve enjoyed this course, you may be interested in our Creative Writing MA at …

Goodbye

Well done for completing the course. We hope you’ve enjoyed it. If you are interested in similar courses there are both reading and writing courses available on FutureLearn. You might …

The poetic sequence

Now you have received feedback on your poem and maybe edited it accordingly, you are perhaps now beginning to sense that the poem is finished. However, many of you will …

Giving feedback

In the clip (above) Natalie reads her poem ‘The Zone’, and the students comment on each other’s work and discuss the kind of feedback they receive. We asked them the …

Something at stake

In the next two steps, we will be exploring a creative writing workshop. In this workshop you will meet students who have regularly done workshops with both Helen and before …

The title to the poem

Why not begin this article on poem titles by looking at the title we’ve used for this step? The Title to the Poem. In the first place, it seems to …

Trying a poem on for size

In the video (above), Helen and Michael discuss how they draft their poems. Some poets hardly touch their poems once they’ve finished, while others continue to revisit their work for …

Types of rhyme

The previous step considered why you might rhyme in the first place. The following step looks at just a few of the different types of rhyme that poets have to …

Why rhyme?

In an earlier step, ‘Does a poem have to rhyme?’ (2.3), we learned that the question of whether or not to use rhyme has been disputed for hundreds of years. …

Experimental approaches

Previous steps look at how the boundary between poetry and prose is blurred in the question of the line. Poem experiments such as ‘Quantum Sheep’ by Valerie Laws [1] appear …

Writing a poem: Metre

In this article, we will be considering the use of metre in poetry. What we hope to do here is to begin to point you in the right direction. I’m …

The line break

Put more practically, line-break is all you’ve got, and if you don’t master line-break – the border between poetry and prose – then you don’t know there is a border. …

Craft vs technique

Over the next few steps, we will be pointing out various tools that are available to you as poets. We want to stress that as a poet you have many …