Writing

How to Write a Poem About a Specific Person

Written by the MasterClass staff

Last updated: Aug 9, 2021 • 4 min read

From the earliest Sumerian poetry to the work of twentieth-century American poets, writers have penned poems about other people as a way of expressing their intense feelings towards them. Writing a poem about another person requires you to observe them with a keen eye, interrogate your own feelings about them, and express those feelings and observations in a lyrical way.