Poem in Spanish: How to Write a Spanish Poem

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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 spanish poetry, or a “poema”, first write your poem in English, then translate word by word.‌ It can be difficult to learn spanish, so just go little by little.

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 for short stories and short poems.

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.

There are many different poetic forms such as haiku and free verse, so organize it in the way that you want with the right rhyme schemes and rhyming words, just keep in mind once you translate it a lot might need to be changed.

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.

Beginning spanish language learners might want to seek help from someone already fluent in spanish or bilingual, to proofread. Or after a few spanish lessons yourself, improvements can be made.

Common words and phrases to integrate into your poem include mi corazón which means my heart. This would be good for love poems or “amor”. You can also take inspiration from a spanish canción or song. It can be about the día or noche, as in day or night. This concepts would be good for a poem about nature or a árbol y agua.

A few latin american and spanish poets to look to for inspiration include Pablo Neruda, Federico García Lorca and Jorge Luis Borges.

Note

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

Warnings

  • Know which dialect you are translating to because different countries such as spain use different words.

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