Poetry Prompts


This is a place where poets or poets-to-be can take ideas for poems from single-or-two-word prompts. All poets and poetry are welcomed here, so welcome, or as Lewis Carroll once said,

“If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn’t. And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn’t be. And what it wouldn’t be, it would. You see?” 

If you have suggestions for the word lists, please leave a comment! I’m always looking for new ideas, and others are, too — please share!

I challenge you to pick a word from this list, or come up with one on your own, and write a poem about it. Remember that poems don’t have to rhyme, or even make sense. It can be long or short, blunt or philosophical. If you’re nervous about writing a bad poem, never fear: I’m a firm believer that there is no bad poetry. You can write it in a post and share it with Let Them Grumble by linking to this page (http://www.letthemgrumble.wordpress.com/writing/poetry-prompts) so we can enjoy your poems, too!  Or you can copy and paste the entire poem in the comments. I’d love to see what you come up with. 🙂

The prompts here, for the time being, will be sorted into seasons. As time passes and seasons change I’ll create other categories for emotions, colours, fairy tales, and quotes. Happy poem-writing!


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