Poets have a long tradition of honoring the seasons by writing odes. 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.
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 words. 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. 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
Bees or crickets
Freshly cut grass
Salt water taffy
Sea (salt) water
Feet in water
Warm, hot breezes
Freshly watered (or cut) grass
Sun on your face
Wet swimsuit against skin
Did any of these prompts compel you to write a poem? How often do you use prompts to inspire your writing? Share your thoughts by leaving a comment, and keep writing (and reading) poetry!