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Poetry Themes

Here is a giant list of poetry themes. Use these themes if you're not sure what you want to write about, or if you need help coming up with a topic for an assignment.

People

  • Family
  • Friends
  • Famous people

Living Things

  • Pets
  • Animals
  • Endangered Species
  • Plants
  • Flowers
  • Nature

Objects

  • Earth, fire, wind, water
  • Nature (see above)
  • Family heirlooms
  • Favorite things
  • Treasured keepsakes

Religion, Spirituality

  • Supernatural
  • Death
  • Life
  • Unexplained phenomena
  • Birth of a child
  • Meditation
  • Prayer

Conditions

  • Wealth
  • Poverty
  • Peace
  • Events in your life
  • War
  • Death
  • Day
  • Night
  • Winter
  • Summer
  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Joy
  • Beginnings
  • Endings
  • Dreams
  • Complexity
  • Emptiness

Feelings

  • Love
  • Hate
  • Fear
  • Loathing
  • Anger
  • Happiness
  • Calm
  • Anxiety
  • Remorse
  • Loss
  • Depression
  • Hope
  • Endings
  • Fear of the unknown
  • Family bonds
  • Sickness, death
  • Jealousy
  • Humor
  • Irony
  • Broken heart
  • Unrequited love
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