Seasonal Poetry Prompts for Spring and Summer

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Poetry prompts for spring and summertime.

Poets have a long tradition of honoring the seasons by writing odes to them. Poetry celebrates spring and summer for bringing renewal to the land and warmth to our lives.

Rebirth is a common theme in poetry, so the spring season, with its fresh skies and new shoots, is a rejuvenating source of inspiration for composition.

Summer is packed with sights, smells, and sounds: splashing water and fresh lemonade; hot dogs from the fair; and bike rides on the beach.

All of these things, and many more, find their way into poetry that pays tribute to the seasons that we enjoy during the warmer half of the year: spring and summer.




Poetry Prompts for Spring

Below, you’ll find three lists of words. Choose one of the lists and write a poem using all the words from the list. You can also mix and match words from different lists or try writing a poem using all the words from all the lists.

Some of the words in the list relate to spring but some do not and you’ll have to find a way to make the poem (and the words in it) about spring.

Good luck!

Flower Buds Blue-Gray Skies Mud and Muck
pepper
cream
titanic
lure
smash
telling
rinse
foul
harbor
horses
clean
squeak
scoop
woolly
bully

 

Poetry Prompts for Summer

Below, you will find five lists of words. Each list pertains to one of the five senses: sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch. Choose one word from each list and write a poem that includes all five senses. If you want to write a poem that appeals entirely to one sense, simply choose the list that corresponds (for example, the SMELL list) and use all the words on that list for your poem. Or, to really challenge yourself, try writing a single poem using all the words from all the lists. That ought to really tickle the senses!

Sight Sound Smell Taste Touch
Beach ball

Surfer

Tourist

Swimsuits

Sunglasses

Buckets & Spades

Ice cream

Boardwalk

Jelly fish

Lifeguard

Boats

Beach bags

Fireflies

June bugs

Clear blue skies

Cotton-white clouds

Splashing

Outdoor concerts

Waves crashing

Thunder

Music blaring

Seagulls

Lawn mowers

Fans (A/C)

Children playing

Ice cream truck

Bees

Barbecue

Chlorine

Suntan lotion

Coconut

Ripe peaches

Wildflowers

Freshly cut grass

Parched grass

Summer rain

Ice cream

Watermelon

Plums

Grapes

Shaved ice

Popsicles

Iced tea

Lemonade

Cotton candy

Popcorn

Fish & Chips

Salt water taffy

Vine-ripe tomatoes

Sea (salt) water

Strawberries and cream

Blackberry pie

(Gritty) sand

Feet in water

Flip-flops

Hot concrete, pavement

Warm, hot breezes

Freshly watered (or cut) grass

Water balloons

Sun on your face

Share Your Poetry Prompts (or Your Poems)

If you write a poem using these prompts, feel free to post it in the comments. Or, post it on your blog and then come back here and drop a link.

Keep writing (and reading) poetry!

If you have any poetry prompts or writing exercises to share, feel free to post them in the comments or send them in as a guest post. And if you have any words to add to these lists, share them as well.

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