How to Write Funny Poems

Want to learn how to write funny poems? Writing funny poetry is not always an easy task to accomplish. It requires time and dedication. Several aspiring poets over think poetry and transform it a difficult challenge, however; following these simple tips will help you in your quest to write funny poetry.

1. Read Responsibly: Never seek to copy the work of others. As read your favorite poems, pay attention to what you find funny and humorous. Often you’ll realize that your favorite poems are the ones that display the personality of the poet. The majority of funny poems come from funny people who do not care whether or not their poems are considered funny. In other words, you must find your own unique sense of humor.  Learn to make yourself laugh and the others will follow. Humor is purely a matter of opinion. Read responsibly. Read poetry to entertain yourself but never to get new ideas for your own poems. If you do, your new poetry will be someone’s old poetry. Some of the greatest humorous poets of our day contribute their success to writing their own unique poetry without contaminating their style with that of other writers. That being said, you should still read my poems. ;)

2. Make a List:Most poets suffer from writers block but no poet suffers from life block. Life happens; write down words that trigger funny stories. Paul McCartney says that he writes down the titles of potential songs he wishes to write.  You’ll find that as you keep a list, more ideas will come. Refer to that list often and when you are in the mood to write… Kapow! You got a poem.

3. Be Creative: I have always hated creative writing classes. I felt it  unfair that another could judge ones creativity. I recall teachers making notes on my paper about structure, syllables, and the occasional “rewrite”. How absurd?! I don’t need to rewrite my creative piece when I wrote it precisely how I intended it. It’s creative isn’t. Don’t I have the right to create my own style? Don’t be afraid to experiment! Dr. Seuss was rejected twenty-eight times before his work was finally published. I can imagine that several editors found Dr. Seuss uncreative. Do you agree?

There is no secret to writing funny poems. So just write! Read responsibly, make a list, and most importantly, be creative!

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