Basic Qualities of A Poem


It is often difficult to provide a succint definition on what makes a good poem but a carefullapplication of relevant qualities in poems can stand your poem out and make you a MASTER.The images in your poem should be unique to provide the reader with vivid sensory detail while the Discourse of your poem should avoid cliché expressions.Present poem in original phrasing. The rythm and fixed meter should follow standard rules of prosody and should not sound mechanical. That is, metrical poems should maintain their structure of stressed/unstressed syllables without making the language seem wooden or monotonous. Rhythm. Free rhythm should have a distinct beat or current of sound. A poem written in free rhythm should not merely be prose chopped into shorter lines. Line Breaks.  Enjambment occurs when a line carries over from the preceding line. Enjambed lines should create suspense and movement, so the poem moves swiftly. Line Breaks. End-Stop occurs when meaning and rhythm pause at the end of the line. Effective end-stopped lines will have strong end-words (in both meaning and music); they will also make the reader pause long enough to consider the line.Figures of Speech.  Similes and metaphors need to avoid stock or cliché comparisons, such as “my love is like a rose.”  The comparisons should be unique and original, helping the reader to make new connections between the compared terms.Word Music. Direct rhyme should not be forced; the language should flow naturally, as in regular speech. The rhyming word should not be there just because it rhymes, but because it is the best word for the poem’s sense as well as its sound.Word Music.  Indirect rhyme creates a subtle echo of sound that is also called half-rhyme or slant rhyme.Word music within the lines is created by use of assonance and consonance. Strong poems will “ring” with such internal music.  Assonance are used to create musical echoes.Formal structures.  If a poet submits a formal poem such as a sonnet, sestina, or villanelle, the poem should adhere to that form’s basic structure.




 1]  You will need first to conceptualise the issues,get a topic,decide the form it will take and the language scope that will drive it to create the impact required.

 2] It will be difficult initially but discipline your mind to concentrate and meditate on the manner the topic should be developed,ie; the step by step approach to it.

 3] Your script may first appear condemnable but write it again, condemnable? write again.This is common with beginners and sometimes with experienced writers.Let that not discourage you.Writers are determined and enthusistic who find it difficult to discard or part with the pen.Use it valueably and do not get dispaired when genuine appreciation and commendation from people do arise.Just know where you are and going.

4] Believe in it more and speak more of it.Writing is always a product of the mind. That is why no two persons can write alike.Make your observation be good, your capacity large and your reflection accurate.

5]Get started and make the world of your mind real to the human society.






The writer can not die


Many have tried to stop

The writer to stop kissing

His papers with his pen,

But the request, often times,

Runs contrary to what

The writer desires to do.


He lives because he releases

All the urges, joys and pains

With a torch that bears

A light on the society.

Upon which his deep

Recesses content flows.


Imprison the writer

And place him in the

Darkest part of the

Restriction, it will not kill

The revolution,

He gradually turns.


The prison confines,

His experiences tint it

And make it a haven.

Kill the writer but the

Memory of him can not be killed.


It will write beyond

The imaginations

Of the killers.

In fervency, for a long time

                                              Readers remain.


The writer can not die,

Not in the physical realm,

May be, but in the realms

Of the hearts and minds

Of all men.



[c] T.G. Ibulubo 

September 5,2004



Writer’s inspiration


We live in an environment;

It shapes our thoughts,

Behaviours and languages.


As we live together

In the society,

We watch each other


Much as we watch nature.

We endeavour to identify

How nature and each of us


Relate to each other.

Then we create habit;

A reflection of what we are


In our humanity,

Our experiences,



Pains and challenges.

We are the more similar.


As a writer

I write, not outside

my environment ,


I write of what I know ,

What I see, feel and imagine.

My life and work


Feeds my writings.

For I pour out the stress

To free myself,


To record moments

In beautiful craft.

You may find matching rhymes



[C]Tamunobarabi Gogo Ibulubo





Pronounce the sentence


Pronounce the sentence.

Hearts will be bruised,

Ears will be pierced,

Living may be in torment;

All in spread cloth impression

Of  benefits and injury.


Pronounce the sentence

When grief is not on board,

Without mischief in future’s hand,

With non able to rob off the smile

Peaceful hearts can beam.


Pronounce the sentence

Over all rights to claim, there is,

That love will not suffer bereft

And obedience not indebted.

Strong to build over contentious tussle

Always in hover with life over death.



[c] Tamunobarabi Gogo Ibulubo 

July 14,2008




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