One way to get through the ups and downs of being a teenager is to read poems about growing up. Poetry is an excellent way to express yourself and realize you're not alone.
Poems About Growing Up
There are many poems and songs about growing up. These tend to have many different themes, such as dealing with new feelings, changes with family and friends, growing pains, falling in love, getting hurt, self-esteem, and life lessons. Nobody ever said growing up was easy, but reading poems about it can make things easier.
Just for Teens
Lots of poetry about growing up is written by teenagers, while others poems are written by well-known authors. The poems that stand out the most are ones that are honest and written from the heart, whether the writer is expressing joy or pain. Here's a list of examples that you'll relate to as a teen growing up:
- Teen Poems has tons of examples of poems for young people.
- Teen Poems includes poems about the turbulent times.
- Poems about growing up by parents and older people.
Poets Who Wrote About Growing Up
Some famous poets who wrote poems about getting older, both lighthearted and continue to tap into the imagination, include:
- Shel Silverstein has silly and whimsical poetry that resonates with teens. He is author of numerous books, including Where the Sidewalk Ends
- Even though his writing is typically attributed to being for younger kids, Dr. Seuss wrote a lot about growing up. His book, Oh, the Places You'll Go is a timeless example.
Share Your Poetry
If you've been writing poems about changes in your life or any type of teen poetry, share it with others. You might be surprised how many people have felt exactly the same way that you do. That is one of the reasons why poetry is so valuable. It gives you a way to express what you're feeling; even when you're not sure you have the words. A poem that was written by someone else might perfectly capture what you are feeling.
Whether you're writing your own poems or enjoy the poems of others, find a way to incorporate it into your daily life and share it with friends and family.
Handcraft a Poetry Book
One way to do share your poetry about growing up is to simply print out or write your poems and glue them into pages of a book or staple them together as a creative project. You can keep it forever or give your poems away to friends or family as unique gifts.
Publisher Your Poems
Another way to share your work is to publish it either online or with a book publisher. There are tons of ways to do this, either with a blog or website format or through a traditional print publisher, such as a book, magazine, or newsletter.
- Writers Market and Market have lists of places that will publish your poetry.
- Share your poetry on your blog or Facebook page. Don't forget to include your name if you want to get credit. You never know when a poem you've written could become a classic.
Have a Poetry Slam
Get your friends together and practice reading poems out loud. This can be both a funny and serious way to get to know each other. Have each person walk to the center of the room to read or recite their poem. Just like music, most poetry is better when it is read out loud or memorized.
- Read poems by teens to get a flavor of what you could write.
- Moon Town Café is a social networking site where you can connect with other poets online.