Method One: Writing a Tercet
In a tercet, every other line rhymes. A tercet is a form of poetry that has three-line stanzas in which the first and third lines rhyme. The second line is a blank, unrhymed line. Most poets string multiple tercets together to form a poem.
Here's an example by poet Percy Shelley, excerpted from the poem, Ode to the West Wind:
The winged seed, where they lie cold and low,
Each like a corpse within its grave, until
Thin azure sister of Spring shall blow.
Method Two: Writing a Cinquain
A cinquain is a poem made from a five-line formula. The cinquain is similar to a Japanese haiku. US poet Adelaide Crapsey invented it in the early 1900s. It is composed of five lines. Each line has a certain number of words or syllables and an assigned "subject." Here's the formula:
Line One:Subject NameOne word or two syllables
Line Two:DescriptionTwo words or four syllables
Line Three:ActionThree words or six syllables
Line Four:DescriptionFour words or eight syllables
Line Five:SummationOne word or two syllables
Here is a cinquain from Adelaide Crapsey, in which she used syllables as the count:
Listen . . .
With faint dry sound,
Like steps of passing ghosts,
The leaves, frost-crisp'd, break from the tree,
Here is a cinquain in which the poet used words as the count:
Crashing, pulling, foaming
A primitive beach companion
Method Three: Found Poetry: A Poem Created from Existing Text
Found poetry is created by reworking existing material, like newspaper text, directions handbooks, plans, and so on. To create this kind of poetry, the poet takes a section of a text and reparses it so that it reads as poetry. The process of parsing, breaking text into small meaning chunks, allows the poet to create different emphasis. Poet Annie Dillard wrote a book of found poetry. One of the wonderful aspects of found poetry is that it helps us see the inherent poetry of everyday texts.
The following is a piece of found poetry that the writer created from the text on a deodorant label.
Protection for your
Life contains time-released odor and sweat
Fighters that work
To keep you
Fresher and drier than ever