Narrative Poem Ideas

Any ideas for my narrative poem assignment???


I have to write a narrative poem (it can be on anything). Do you have any ideas for my topic or a potential story line???? Thank you so much!!!!!!!!

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stolperia eNotes educator| Certified Educator

A narrative means you're telling the story about something. Certainly, most people find talking about themselves and their experiences interesting, so that's an obvious possibility, but the main thing is to identify some subject that you will enjoy recording.

If you've seen a great concert or athletic event, you could tell about the anticipation, preparation, actual event, and the memories afterward. Recording the story of a trip you've taken could make for an interesting tale. If you want a challenge, write your poem about an argument you've had with someone - lots of descriptive vocabulary for all the emotions that came out!

e-martin eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Just to throw a couple specific ideas at you and see if they spark an idea of your own, how about:

  • You are a babysitter and the child runs away. You have to find it.
  • You have just been hired for your first job. Your car breaks down on the way to your first day of work.
  • You are coming back from a concert with a group of friends and pick up a hitchhiker. He or she tells you a story.
lmetcalf eNotes educator| Certified Educator

A narrative poem is just a story -- don't let the poem aspect of the assignment intimidate you! It doesn't have to be personal at all! Do you have a favorite childhood story or a favorite movie? Translate the essence of one of those stories into a poetic form. Consider the writing just a one focused scene so that you can concentrate on having great details and a nice mix of poetic devices in your poem.

vangoghfan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

You might want to narrate the story of your own life.  Wordsworth did this in The Prelude, so you have a good precedent!  Or you might want to narrate the life of someone you know well, such as a parent or grandparent.  Sample lines:

Lo, I'm the gal whose profile, seen by all,

Declares my love of playing volleyball.


(Just kidding)  :-)


litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I agree that telling your life story is a good idea.  You could also consider writing a story in prose (as in regular sentences) first, and then turning it into verse.  A better way would probably be to plan out the story with a plot diagram first.

elocutus55 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Tell a story, and tell it true,

Then it will be something from you;

A chunk of life in wrangled verse,

The key to our universe.


klopklop9080 | Student

what are some ideas i need them

janeleader | Student

Make a list of topics that you know something about or that you are interested in. Then write five words next to each topic in the list. Then choose the topic that you have made the most interesting contribution about so far. For example if it was me I would write:

garden - plan, colour, loneliness, small, different

fairy tales - wicked, good, disaster, sympathy, happy

parachute jump - exhilarating, boredom, challenge, group, learning

In this case I would choose parachute jump. Then I would plan the narrative like a story using at the very least  the stages of introduction, development, complication, resolution, conclusion. Then I would add important verbs and adverbs for description, then I would consider writing the narrative poem.

Good luck


volleyball96 | Student

Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!! You all helped me!!!!!!!!!!!

madihaa | Student

sorry no idea .if i have idea so why i told u :) no just kidding i have no idea 

corrinasoura | Student

Something big that happened to you such as getting your pet or someone's birth etc.

scorpio37 | Student

A narrative poem is basically one that tells a story, and has a plot.
so u can:
make up a person. write their life. only the interesting bits. first cry, first kiss, ... whatever.

on a related theme, pick an ancestor you know close to nothing about. if you have a picture, use that and make them into a real person.

also, you could tell a complete short story without having to waste words because you're writing poetry... anything could be in your poem and i think that's where the problem lies.

pick up the closest newspaper or printed thing you've got lying around. take the third and seventh line or the second word. or take the smallest headline. use that.

go outside and walk around. listen to the bits of conversation floating around from other people. don't snoop. don't eavesdrop. just hear what you hear. pick up one or two sentences and use those.

alternatively, go to your bookshelf. pick up any book and open it randomly without looking. use the last line(s) as start or inspiration. no worries you'll find that in the end you can just take them away again. they're the catalyst needed to get your story out of you, but in the end they'll go home.