Some Topics for Poems

Use these as we write a poem every day in April to celebrate National Poetry Month. Or write about whatever is on your mind and important to you. Feel free to reuse topics on different days – sometimes an idea just seems to open up as it sits in your head. It doesn’t matter what you write – just write!

  1. Write a poem in which you INTRODUCE YOURSELF
  2. Write a THANK YOU poem
  3. Write about the BEST DAY EVER (or the worst)
  4. Write about a FIRST KISS (or a last kiss)
  5. Write a poem to SOMEONE YOU MISS
  6. Write a HATE poem
  7. Write a poem to a CELEBRITY
  8. Write about something you FEAR
  9. Write a poem about your GOALS
  10. Write a poem about a SPECIAL PLACE
  11. Write a poem about something you WORRY about
  12. Write a poem about a TREASURE
  13. Write a poem that is really a DIALOGUE
  14. Write a poem giving ADVICE TO A 10-YEAR OLD
  15. Write a poem in PRAISE OF YOUR SCHOOL
  16. Write a poem about BEING ALONE
  17. Write a poem to you FROM YOUR PET
  18. Write a poem comparing your LIFE to a GAME
  19. Write a poem to your FUTURE SELF expressing your hopes
  20. Write a poem about DIFFERENCES
  21. Write a poem of PRAYER
  22. Write a poem about something you BELIEVE
  23. Write a poem about the WEATHER
  24. Write a poem about WRITING A POEM
  25. Write about your FAVORITE PASTIME
  26. Write a poem about your PERSONAL MOTTO
  27. Write a poem that TEACHES A LESSON
  28. Write a poem about REFUSING something
  29. Write a poem about a CHILDHOOD MEMORY
  30. Write a GOOD-BYE poem

Poetry Presentation

April is National Poetry Month. To celebrate this, we will study, write, and share poetry together all month long.

The first part of this month-long celebration will be you, bringing in a poem that resonates with you that you want to share with others. You can find many poems on the Internet, of course, but consider all your sources. Any poem is fine, so long as it does not contain profanity.

On your assigned day, you will

  • bring in the poem, printed out or typed. Be sure to identify the title and author.
  • present a one hundred word (minimum) paragraph explaining why this poem resonates with you. This will be delivered to me, not read aloud to the class.
  • stand in front of the class and read your poem aloud. (Practice reading it out loud before presenting to the class, please)

For this, you will receive 25 points. Not presenting on your day will earn you a zero, unfortunately, so make sure you are prepared.

NOTE: For clarity, you will read your poem aloud in front of the class (and your reading should sound as if you have practiced reading it out loud) and then deliver to me the physical copy of your poem as well as your 100-word paragraph.

Extra Credit Opportunity

Just because I love you (and because I want you to help yourself), here is an extra credit opportunity worth up to 75 points. This is due Monday (3/18) at the start of your class time – no late papers, no excuses.


It’d be swell of you to contact friends and let them know; not everyone has added me to their REMIND services. They’ve been invited, of course, but I cannot do more than I can do.