How to Write a 4-Line Poem on Homework

Short poems are fun to write. They are moments in time, little thoughts floating on the air. You can grab them and consume them like candy. You can compose them on the go. Try writing a four-line poem at the zoo or on the bus. You can even write a four-line poem in the sand at the beach then watch as the ocean washes it away.

Brainstorm your feelings about homework. A typical first thought about homework is that it is boring. Go deeper than this. What makes homework boring? What would you rather be doing with your time? Think creatively and be as specific as possible. Perhaps you would rather be at the beach. Don't stop at the word "beach." Describe what you would actually be doing there. If you would rather be dipping a toe in a tide pool under the early morning sun, write that down instead.

Determine the type of poem you would like to write. One form that suits your purpose is the quatrain. A quatrain is a four-line, rhyming stanza. If you want to write a quatrain, determine your rhyme scheme. A quatrain may have many rhyme schemes including an A-B-A-B (heroic) and A-B-B-A (enclosed). Each line contains a similar number of syllables. You might also be interested in writing free verse. Free verse is not dependent upon meter and follows natural speaking rhythms.

Start writing the poem. Some people have difficulty staring at a blank piece of paper. Writing a four-line poem can release this fear; the short length makes it less threatening. If you get writer's block, go back to the material you have brainstormed. Perhaps you can use words or fragments from this material in your poem.

Read the poem. Some poems are meant to be read out loud and others are meant to be viewed on paper. Determine which type of poem you have written. Does it capture the thoughts you want to express? If not, rewrite the poem. Once you feel your poem is complete, share it with others. If you don't want to share it, put it in a journal forever or write it on the sand with your finger and let it slowly fade away.


If you are interested in writing an entire book of poetry, try writing one four-line poem every day.

Things You'll Need

  • Writing utensil
  • Paper
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