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Write your own poems

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Click on the links to visit the recommended websites. To read many of the poems recommended in this book, scroll down to "More poems to read".

Poems by Jerome Martin, author of this book

Inspiration for writing poems

What kind of poem do you want to write?

More poems to read

Click on the links to read – or listen to – many of the poems in the "More to read" boxes in Write Your Own Poems.

Getting started (pages 4-5 )

Ludicrous limericks ( page 9)

A is for alphabet (page 10)

The shape of a poem (pages 14-15)

Sonnets (pages 16-17)

The perplexing pantoum (pages 20-21)

Peculiar self-portraits (pages 38-39)

Who might you be? (pages 40-41)

The great outdoors (pages 44-45)

A poem is a time machine (pages 48-49)

An ode to something great or small (pages 50-51)

The call of the wild (pages 52-53)

Making art out of art (pages 54-55)

A map to unseen worlds (pages 56-57)

Don’t make a long story short (pages 58-59)

Stop making sense (pages 64-65)

Singing the blues - (pages 72-73)

Tantalizing titles (pages 86-87)


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Write your own...
Write your own poems

Whether you want to dash off a limerick, ponder a sonnet or plot an epic poem, this write-in activity book is here to help. Each page is bursting with tips and inspiration for writing all kinds of poems – and inventing brand new styles too. With links to websites where you can listen to many of the poems in this book, and find more helpful writing tips.

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