Continuing with this week’s theme of poetry, today’s post is just a short one which consists of six writing prompts which should hopefully inspire the inner poet in your students!


  1.  Write a poem from a villain’s perspective.
  2. Grab the closest book. Turn to page 20. Write down 10 words from the page which catch your eye. Use 6 of them in a poem.
  3. Write a poem that contains the word “love” in it, but it must be hidden (for example, contained within the word “glove” or words “Hello venom”).
  4. Turn on the radio. Write down the first lyric you hear. Use that lyric within your poem.
  5. Write a poem which changes from love to hate, or vise versa.
  6. Write a 10 metaphor poem.


Happy creating!

Creative writing prompts for poetry

4 thoughts on “Creative writing prompts for poetry

    • January 5, 2017 at 9:57 pm

      No problem! Thank you for the encouraging feedback – always appreciated!

  • January 6, 2017 at 9:38 am

    We have never tried turning on the radio for inspiration. What a clever idea. Thanks!

    • January 6, 2017 at 9:46 am

      No problem! I love it – it really helps to engage the students and they come up with some brilliant ideas. I even had a great poem from a really, really disengaged student using this as a prompt once. It was a proper “teacher moment”!


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