How to Write a Spanish Poem

Writing poetry is all about tapping into the emotions of your audience through intentional syntax. Writing poetry in Spanish is no more difficult than writing in English when you know the right tricks.

To write in Spanish, first write your poem in English, then translate word by word.

Step 1: Choose a topic

Pick a topic.​ Select a topic that is easy to write a poem about. Pick one that inspires you so that the words will come easily. Love, nature, or a personal passion are favorite topics of poets.

Step 2: Write the poem in English

Write the poem in English first so that the words flow naturally. Don't worry about rhyming; the words are not likely to rhyme once translated. Once the poem is finished, ​proofread it​ and make any necessary edits.

Step 3: Translate into Spanish

Consult your dictionary to find Spanish translations for the words. If you find a word that has multiple Spanish translations, choose the one that sounds most "musical" for your poem. Use an online translator (like BabelFish or Google Translate) to see what your new Spanish poem says in English. If it no longer makes sense, ​go through word by word​ to correct any errors.

  • TIP: Resist the urge to write the entire poem with an online translator. Computer translations are often inaccurate, sometimes providing comical results.