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.
|Flower Buds||Blue-Gray Skies||Mud and Muck|
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!
Buckets & Spades
Clear blue skies
Ice cream truck
Freshly cut grass
Fish & Chips
Salt water taffy
Sea (salt) water
Strawberries and cream
Feet in water
Hot concrete, pavement
Warm, hot breezes
Freshly watered (or cut) grass
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.