Today is Bad Poetry Day. In other words, it\u2019s a time to write awful verse without any shame! And we have five tips for writing truly terrible poems:\r\n\r\n\tUse simple rhymes without thinking about whether they\u2019re appropriate.\r\n\tMix up the order of words so it sounds "arty."\r\n\tUse weak modifiers that leave little impression on your readers.\r\n\tBe hugely literal (metaphor and simile are for losers).\r\n\tSprinkle in clich\u00e9s people have heard a thousand times before.\r\n\r\nFor more on how to write bad poetry, read on below!\r\n1. Use Simple Rhymes\r\nFor some people, poetry equals rhyming. And if it doesn\u2019t rhyme in every line, it isn\u2019t a poem. This isn\u2019t true by any standard \u2013 many poems avoid rhyming completely. But if you want your poem to sound a bit rubbish, using simple rhymes throughout is a good first step.\r\nTo do this, you\u2019ll need to pick a rhyme scheme. Stick to simple, repetitive patterns, like rhyming couplets. This is when each pair of lines rhymes:\r\nI want to write\r\nDeep into the night\r\nBut poetry is hard\r\nAnd I\u2019m not a bard\r\nIf you\u2019re feeling more ambitious, you could try rhyming alternating lines:\r\nRhyming is easy\r\nWhen you know how\r\nBut this poem is cheesy\r\nSo it\u2019s time to say ciao\r\nYou can even experiment with awkward half rhymes if you like!\r\n2. Mix Up Your Words\r\nAnastrophe involves changing the standard word order of a sentence for emphasis. For example, rather than saying "The night was cold," we could use anastrophe and say "Cold was the night" to give it a more dramatic edge.\r\nAdmittedly, this sounds a bit odd and old-fashioned, but those qualities can really add to a bad poem, especially if you use it to force an awkward rhyme:\r\nUse well this figure of speech\r\nLest readers faint away with a screech\r\nHere, for instance, we\u2019d usually say "Use this figure of speech well." But "well" doesn\u2019t rhyme with "screech." And rather than find another word that fits, we\u2019ve decided to mix up the sentence to force the rhyme. After all, why try harder when you can just torture English grammar to fit your needs?\r\n3. Add Plenty of Weak Modifiers\r\nA good poem will paint an image in the reader\u2019s mind with powerful, evocative language. As such, to write a bad poem, you should sprinkle plenty of weak adjectives and adverbs throughout.\r\nBy "weak," we mean words that don\u2019t say much about the thing described, like "nice" or "good." But other common modifiers are good, too, especially if you use them in place of a more dynamic verb or noun.\r\nFor example, if we wanted to say that someone was running, we could use verbs like "dashes," "sprints," or "races." However, these words immediately conjure up a feeling of speed, so they risk making your reader feel something. To avoid this, then, we would just say "runs very fast."\r\n4. Be Very Literal\r\nMetaphors and similes are essential to poetry, letting us see familiar things anew. To write a bad poem, though, try to make it as literal as possible. State things plainly, avoiding any figurative imagery. For example:\r\nThe sun is very hot\r\nIt makes me sweat a lot\r\nI wish it wasn\u2019t sunny\r\n'Cause heat makes me feel funny\r\nSure, there may be more lyrical ways of evoking summer heat. But in bad poetry, you don\u2019t want to leave any room for interpretation!\r\n5. Throw in a Tired Clich\u00e9 or Two\r\nNever underestimate the power of a clich\u00e9. We\u2019ve touched upon several poetic clich\u00e9s already, such as the idea that poetry has to rhyme. In this case, though, we\u2019re thinking of phrases so overused they have lost all power:\r\nA sea of grass sways in the breeze\r\nI sit here, fresh as a daisy\r\nDays like this are the bee\u2019s knees\r\nAll fun and games, feeling so lazy\r\nStock phrases like these will really show off your lack of imagination.\r\nHow to Write Good Poetry\r\nNot so keen on writing bad poetry? Then maybe you should do the exact opposite of what we recommend above. In practice, this means you should:\r\n\r\n\tUse rhyme carefully and remember that poetry doesn\u2019t have to rhyme.\r\n\tIf you are going to use anastrophe, make sure it doesn\u2019t leave you with awkward sentence structures that ruin the flow of your poem.\r\n\tFocus on evocative language, especially dynamic verbs.\r\n\tUse metaphors and similes to engage your reader\u2019s imagination.\r\n\tAvoid clich\u00e9d and overused phrases wherever possible.\r\n\r\nAnd if you\u2019d like to be sure you avoid any of the "bad poetry" pitfalls mentioned in this post, our poetry proofreading services are always available. Just let us know how we can help!