5 Tips for Writing a Funny Poem

We use our poetry to write our own life stories, and not all chapters in those stories are serious. Writing a comedic poem is an excellent way to brighten up someone’s day, and tell a funny story. We've got lots of examples of funny poetry, and some tips to help you get started:

  1. Subject. You can base some poems around a story so that there is one main purpose and it flows. For a humorous poem, you might try recounting something funny that happened to you. You can also write about a person, place, thing or situation that is humorous -- you don't always need a plot to demonstrate why something makes you laugh.
  2. Parody. A parody is when an already existing story or other piece of material is made more humorous by changing the language but keeping with the way it is written. This is a great technique to practice and will definitely help expand your poetry writing skills. For example, you could make a parody of one of Shakespeare’s poems if you were to use the same rhyme scheme but use comical, modern-day words to tell the story.
  3. Hyperbole. Hyberbole and exaggeration are great tools for making a poem more humorous. Vivid, over-the-top descriptions are a great way to sweep your reader up into the rhythm of the poem you've written.
  4. Language. Humorous words give rise to humorous stories. Think of words, phrases, pop-culture references, rhymes and sounds that make you laugh. Don't be afraid to use repetition for comedic effect. Make your poem fun or tongue-twist-y to read out loud. 
  5. Power Poetry. Have fun writing your poem! Feel free to use your imagination. Get creative and adventurous and goofy. Then, be sure to post your comedic poem to PowerPoetry.org and give everyone a laugh.


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