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How to Write a Question Poem


Question poetry is a style of poetry that features question after question, creating a dramatic effect. According to Write Works, the questions may be serious, like "What is the meaning of life?" Or, the questions may be silly, like "What's your favorite color?" They are often rhetorical questions, so the answers are not meant to be answered. Question poems may or may not rhyme.

How to write a question poem?
Question poetry usually consists of what the author wonders about.

According to Write Works, question poems are basically a series of questions. Write about what you know and really wonder about. Things that stir the emotions are good subjects for writing, especially for writing poetry. Political questions regarding our society or government, war, peace and more can be pondered in poetic form. Find a subject that you feel some emotion about, good or bad. The goal is to express your feelings through questions. Write Works offers an example:

"Is there a way out?"

By Jenni Glennen

"Is there a way out?

Is there a way out of this place?

Is there a way out of this pain?

Is there a way to a better life?

Is there a way to be happy?

How can I achieve it?"

Remember, not every line in a question poem needs to be in question form.

Begin writing down the questions that come into your mind, as quickly as you think of them, without editing them. You can edit later, but the creative flow should not be interrupted at this point in the writing process. The act of self-expression is the goal. Don't start editing or being self-conscious about what you write, just write!

Type up the poem and print it out or simply print it by hand in your journal.

Now is the time for spelling and grammatical corrections. Arrange the lines to your satisfaction by switching around a line or two, if necessary. Edit your work for spelling and grammatical errors.

Tip
  • Find a quiet place to write if concentration is difficult. Using noise-canceling headphones helps those that are easily distracted.
Warning
  • Don't be too critical of yourself or your poem. The act of writing from your heart is the important thing, not the quality of the poem. By tuning into your feelings and thoughts and getting them out on paper, you are in the creative process.
Items you will need
Notepad
Pen or pencil
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