Poetry Prompt 14 – Describe a Smell

write a poem which describes the smell of something

Today’s prompt is to write a poem which describes the smell of something.

You might like to consider:

  • Should the whole poem focus on describing a smell or should that just form part of the poem?
  • Should you describe one smell or many?
  • What feelings should you try to evoke with your descriptions of smell?
  • Should you describe the same smell from multiple viewpoints (smellpoints?!)
  • What is unique or special about the particular smell you have in mind?
  • How can the use of smell contribute to your feelings your poem evokes?
  • Should you choose a smell that is very familiar or try to describe a more alien smell to your readers?

Happy reading, happy writing -and if you do write, don’t forget to post your poem (in full or as a link) in the comments below so we can all enjoy it.

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19 Responses to Poetry Prompt 14 – Describe a Smell

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    • PookyH says:

      There’s no such thing as late! I write a new prompt each day but you are welcome to join in whenever you like. I know that Colonialist is currently working on a prompt from a few days ago and I hope that as my prompt library builds up that people will dip in and out when they’re looking for inspiration… I’m off to read your poem now!


      • Bastet says:

        Thanks…nice to know! Thanks for making that clear, I often come upon prompts a little late and find myself closed out. So now I know I can look around your library and maybe find something interesting for my muse!


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  8. martha0stout says:

    I’ve really been enjoying these prompts and the variety of them you give!



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