Here’s a useful reminder of ways to think about and effectively use sound when writing poetry. I like the poetry sound check list at the end. Everybody does No. 1. How many do numbers 2 & 3, I wonder?
Poetry Sound Check
Try some of these activities to get a sense of how your poetry sounds.
1. Read your poems aloud as part of the writing and revision process.
2. Ask a friend or family member to read one of your poems aloud to you. Pay attention to where the reader stumbles. Try substituting different words in these places.
3. Record yourself reading your poems. Listen without copies of the poems in front of you, focusing on the sounds.