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How to Write a Self Reflection Poem


People have so many emotions bottled up inside that finding an outlet to purge them becomes important. Self-reflection poems are great exercises for releasing pressure. These poems are simply an expression of your careful thoughts that reflect your behavior and beliefs. The poem itself can be in any structure. It doesn’t matter if it is a sonnet, a villanelle or free verse; so long as the content reflects a deep portrait of your persona and feelings, it will be a self-reflection poem. Writing self-reflection poems also serves as good therapy for people who are dealing with personal problems, or who may be facing a major change in life. Certain steps will help you be more successful in writing your poem.

Find A Good Location

You will probably have a better time getting your thoughts onto paper without having distractions around you. You will want a desk and a chair, but not just not your own. A public library is a great place to write. It is a quiet environment with no distractions, and offers work stations for visitors who wish to do some writing. Hotels are also great spots for writing. In his book "On Writing," Stephen King praises hotels as a great spot for getting your thoughts onto paper and says it was a favorite spot for Truman Capote to write. You may not be writing a great novel of the American South, but a hotel business center or a room offers a quiet zone with a desk and a chair in an unfamiliar setting where you can focus on your poetry.

Organize Your Thoughts

Organizing your thoughts is an important step in writing a self-reflection poem. Some colleges that teach courses that deal with heavy emotions -- social work, for example -- sometimes require students to organize their thoughts and feelings and write self-reflection poems. You can follow their lead by making a spider web graph that expresses your feelings. Write your feelings down and draw lines to spaces where you can list the emotional response. Then draw additional lines to areas where you can express a feeling toward that emotion. For example, “grief” might be linked to “death of a friend” that is linked to “he should have worn his motorcycle helmet.” Continue this until you have formed a spider web pattern on the entire page.

Edit Your Poem

After you have committed something to paper, go over it and make revisions. According to a popular online teacher’s forum, rewriting is the most important phase of writing poetry -- a poem rarely comes out right the first time it is written. Don’t rush this process. Your poem may need one rewrite or 50 rewrites. You'll know when it's ready.

Read Your Poem Out Loud

Sometimes what you hear when you read a poem silently sounds different when it is read out loud. Emphasis can come across differently, and the overall wording may not sound the same. Read the poem out loud to yourself. Then read it to a friend or a family member. The Library of Congress advises poetry students to read poems slowly in relaxed voices -- most people tend to rush through them. You should also know when to pause in a reading. Often people want to pause at the end of a line, but this is not always necessary.

About the Author

Jen Saunders is an entrepreneur and veteran journalist who covers a wide range of topics. She made the transition to writing after having spent 12 years in England where she studied and taught English literature.

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