Did you know that Edgar Allen Poe is considered
to be the father of modern Gothic poetry? Hi, I am Robin Raven. I am an actress, writer,
and poet here in Hollywood. Today I am going to teach you how to write a Gothic poem of
your own. The first thing that you have to do is come up with a topic for your poem.
Gothic poetry tends to dwell in sadness, heartbreak and inner turmoil. For instance, in Edgar
Allen Poe’s “Annabelle Lee,” he laments the loss of the love of his life. Allow yourself
to express the darkness in your soul when writing a Gothic poem. Outline the poem based
on those feelings. Decide what you truly want to say. Create a beginning, middle, and an
end to your poem. Your poetical choices should establish what you truly feel inside. Write
about what you know to create a meaningful poem. So you want to put pen to paper and
get out what you are truly feeling on the subject. Get your ideas stated clearly in
front of you. Express even the darkest of feelings. If you have a fear of death, get
it out there. People are going to relate to your honest truth no matter how dark it may
be. Remember there are not any rules when it comes to writing Gothic poetry. You can
be as free verse or as structured as you like. Simply put pen to paper and express your darkest
emotions. And remember to use a thesaurus. If you say pain over and over again, it is
going to grate on the nerves of the readers. Instead, get out the thesaurus and you will
find all sorts of alternatives, such as pain, affliction, and agony. Conclude your poem
with the truth. You do not want to insert some kind of fairytale happy ending into a
Gothic poem. Although your own personal situation hopefully did or will have a happy ending,
you do not want to make that part of the poem. It should end on a moment of dark emotion.
Now you are done with the body of the poem, you want to go back and title it. The title
should reflect what is most important to you about the poem. Again, my name is Robin Raven.
I am an actress and writer here in Hollywood, and I am also a published poet. Good luck
with your poem.