50 Topics/themes to create poems with

A list written by: Lee Sonogan


“Poetry is everywhere; it just needs editing.” – James Tate

So many types of poems, but what do you base your poem on? This list will provide you with topics and themes for that. When I create poems, I am motivated by an idea or I want to write about something I have not written before in a creative way. You could be different. Hopefully this list will inspire you to create your own poems.

  1. Animals
  2. Thinking
  3. Remembering
  4. Alone
  5. Time
  6. Beauty
  7. Home town/city
  8. Culture
  9. Fear
  10. Freedom
  11. Death
  12. Dream
  13. Sleeping
  14. Reflection
  15. Happiness
  16. Innocence
  17. Justice
  18. Passion
  19. Lust
  20. Greed
  21. Trust
  22. Hope
  23. Hate
  24. Music
  25. Racism
  26. Identity
  27. Family
  28. Sympathy
  29. Respect
  30. Sports
  31. Poverty
  32. Murder
  33. War
  34. Peace
  35. God
  36. Religion
  37. Spirituality
  38. Faith
  39. The past
  40. The present
  41. The future
  42. The Sky
  43. The Ocean
  44. An environment
  45. Weather
  46. Day/night
  47. Space and the universe
  48. Travelling
  49. Something funny to you
  50. Breaking the rules

I like rhyming poems. You can rhyme in poems in many different ways. More poems you write the better you get at creating poems. This list can inspire you to write out of your comfort zone. So much more topics and themes to create poems with.

“If you can’t be a poet, be the poem.” – David Carradine

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