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Poetry prompts for spring and summertime.

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.

Good luck!

Flower Buds Blue-Gray Skies Mud and Muck
pepper
cream
fresh
lure
garden
glow
rinse
rise
blue
clouds
clean
squeak
scoop
woolly
dirt

 

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!

Sight Sound Smell Taste Touch
Beach ball

Surfer

Tourist

Swimsuits

Sunglasses

Buckets & Spades

Ice cream

Boardwalk

Jelly fish

Lifeguard

Fireflies

Clear blue skies

Splashing

Outdoor concerts

Waves crashing

Seagulls

Lawn mowers

Fans (A/C)

Children playing

Ice cream truck

Bees or crickets

Barbecue

Chlorine

Suntan lotion

Coconut

Ripe peaches

Wildflowers

Freshly cut grass

Wildfires

Summer rain

Ice cream

Watermelon

Shaved ice

Popsicles

Iced tea

Lemonade

Cotton candy

Popcorn

Salt water taffy

Vine-ripe tomatoes

Sea (salt) water

(Gritty) sand

Feet in water

Flip-flops

Hot concrete

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!

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