The first 25 ideas include:
Ideas for Poems
You can write a poem:
- Describing a person by describing his or her belongings.
- Speaking from the point of view of something you lost or misplaced.
- In the shape of its subject (a concrete poem)
- Telling about something that happened long ago, to you or to someone else.
- As a conversation between two people, objects, ideas, or animals.
- Defining words in strange and new ways
- About something in the news.
- As dialogue in a play
- With assonance (repeating the same vowel sounds)
- Using alliteration (repeating the same consonant sound)
- About noisy things in words that sound like the noises they make.
- In one loooooong sentence.
- About your favorite sport
- Pretending you are somebody else.
- With the title acting as the first line of the poem.
- Explaining what it's like to wake up in the morning, using sounds.
- Imitating a poet or a poem you like.
- Describing a person by describing his actions, using strong verbs
- As an acrostic, using unexpected ideas. Mix long and short lines. Use your own name. Use a series of words. Put the acrostic word in the middle of the poem instead of at the beginning.
- About a feeling, using color, shape, texture and size adjectives.
- Repeating things you've overheard in the halls, fragments of conversation and statements
- In stanzas with the rhyme scheme abba, cddc, and so on.
- Using words from an entry in your classroom journal
- Telling what a place will look like in a hundred years, or what it looked like a century ago.
- Saying exactly the same thing over and over in completely different ways.
The above ideas are from: http://www.dmturner.org/English/Writing/poemideas.htm.