How To Write A Nature Poem

Nature poetry brings us closer to the Earth

Harley Bell

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A laptop being used to write a nature poem
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How to write a nature poem

Nature poetry brings us closer to the Earth. It reminds us of long forgotten spaces. A forest you used to walk. A tree that offered shade. A garden which sustained you.

Nature poetry can conjure natural landscapes and invite them deep into your heart.

This is a guide to help you write nature poetry.

Let the journey begin.

Start with why you want to write about nature

Purpose is a powerful seed. It is the kernel that contains all the necessary ingredients to become great. Purpose begins with why.
Why do you want to write a poem about nature?

Do you have an outcome in mind?
It could be a river you want to protect. A beautiful landscape you want to share with other people.
A feeling you want to express like a flutter in your heart every time you see a certain bird in a forest.

What do you want the poem to say and who is it for?
I like to imagine my poetry talks directly to the Earth.
Or to the animals. I have befriended many birds in this manner.
There are many approaches to writing nature poetry. When walking by the water, I picture a person I want to share the place with.
I write the poem for them. Imagine the wonder as they see it for the first time.
This helps invite a sense of intimacy into the writing.

These questions can help determine the language and purpose of the poem.
Why does this particular poem want to come into being?

I write nature poetry because it helps me feel connected to the natural world.
Nature poetry encourages me to remember my own part in the environment.
Writing is also where and when I feel my most authentic self.
The purpose of my nature poetry is to connect more people to the land.

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Harley Bell

I write about writing, creativity and business. I'm currently working on a poetry book, titled Wild Altar. www.harleybellwriter.com