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How to Write an Auto-Bio Poem


The best thing about writing auto-bio poems is that even if you've never written a poem before this structure still should yield good results. The format is simple and easy to understand. Furthermore, if you are an experienced writer, auto-bio poems are a good way to exercise your creativity and vocabulary. Because of their wide applicability, you'll have lots of room for variation and experimentation.

Self

Since the auto-bio poem works with a fill-in-the-blank formula, you will need to gather certain information as you go along. For the first line of your auto-bio poem write down your first name. For the next line write down four adjectives to describe yourself:

Emily Kind, curious, enthusiastic and lovely

If you have problems coming up with adjectives to describe yourself, you can use a thesaurus.

Family

For the next line of the poem write either "Son of" or "Daughter of" followed by your parents' names:

Daughter of Jane and John

Loves

On the next line, write the phrase "Lover of" followed by three different things you love:

Lover of belly-dancing, cycling and Japanese food

Feelings

Next, write the phrase "Who feels" followed by three different feelings and when or where you felt them:

Who feels joy when writing, foolish in a skirt and inspired by tea cups

Giving

Write down "Who gives" followed by three things you give to other people:

Who gives annoyance, hope and a willing ear

Fears

Write down "Who fears" followed by three of your fears:

Who fears cockroaches, wasps and hornets

Places

Write "Who would like to see" followed by three places you would like to visit. On the next line write "Who lives in" followed by the city and state where you live:

Who would like to see Cambodia, Nunavut and Portugal Who lives in Montpelier, Vermont

Conclusion

Finally, for the last line, simply write your last name. When completed, the poem should look something like this:

Emily Kind, curious, enthusiastic and lovely Daughter of Jane and John Lover of belly-dancing, cycling and Japanese food Who feels joy when writing, foolish in a skirt and inspired by tea cups Who gives annoyance, hope and a willing ear Who fears cockroaches, wasps and hornets Who would like to see Cambodia, Nunavut and Portugal Who lives in Montpelier, Vermont Valentine

If you are typing your poem on a computer, you might want to try centering the lines of the poem to give it a more pleasing shape.

About the Author

Based in Montreal, Emily Valentine has been editing academic papers and writing short stories since 2001. She is a contributing writer to Synonym.com, and various other websites. She holds an Honors Bachelor of Arts in English literature from the University of Toronto. Her specialties include writing fiction and nonfiction, and the history of the English language.

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