Write a great poem

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Caleb Femi is one of the UK’s most ex­cit­ing young po­ets. As Young Peo­ple’s Lau­re­ate for Lon­don, he’s com­mit­ted to bring­ing po­etry to as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble. He’s also a judge for the Pre­mier League Writ­ing Stars com­pe­ti­tion. Here he shares his five top tips for writ­ing a great poem.

1 Think about what you know, and what you want to talk about. Be­gin to put it down on paper.

2 You could focus on a mo­ment when you’ve been re­ally strong in the face of ad­ver­sity; where you had to try and try again, to get your­self through a dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tion.

3 A poem doesn’t have to rhyme. It’s a way for you to ex­press your feel­ings and ideas in writ­ten form, so let your imag­i­na­tion flow.

4 Don’t over­think it. The Pre­mier League Writ­ing Stars judges are look­ing for po­ems of no more than 20 lines, or 150 words, so don’t feel like you have to write a mas­ter­piece. Some of the most fa­mous po­ems of all time are only a few lines long.

5 Have fun. It’s not home­work, so try to just en­joy your­self.

To find out how you can get in­volved in Pre­mier League Writ­ing Stars com­pe­ti­tion visit pl­pri­ma­rys­tars.com

Caleb Femi is pas­sion­ate about po­etry.

Put your poem down on paper.

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