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6 Sinful Poetry Prompts to Write Dark and Sacriligeous Poems

Updated: Jun 14, 2022

These creative poetry prompts are curated to inspire mystical, entrancing, and dark poems.


In this post, we explore poetry prompts that will walk us over to the sinister side, look at things from a villain's perspective and help us create art derived from the cacophony within our heads. With visual cues, a personal Pinterest board, and a moodboard, I hope this will be the perfect zone to inspire those evil words from you.



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1. Et Tu, Brute?

You must be familiar with this Latin phrase from William Shakespeare's play, Julius Caesar. Although there is no historical evidence that Caesar spoke these words, we remember this pivotal moment when we think of betrayal. Write a Julius Caesar-themed poem that revolves around the agony of betrayal.


The assassination of Julius Caesar, painted by William Holmes Sullivan, c. 1888
Painted by William Holmes Sullivan, c. 1888

Some details you could consider are:

Who is the speaker in this poem? Is it Caesar or Brutus? Or is it you writing a poem inspired by events in your life?


If the speaker is being assassinated like Caesar was, what weapon is used? How many times is the speaker stabbed? These questions are an excellent place to include symbolism in your poem.


2. Lilith, The First Wife of Adam

Lilith is known to be the first wife of Adam. According to Jewish folklore, she has been banished from the Garden of Eden for not obeying him. Watch this video with stunning visuals to know more about the tale and write a poem inspired by it.




3. A Broken Promise

Write a poem about a broken promise. Get the speaker to justify the act in your poem. Do you want your reader to feel hatred for this speaker or sympathy? Answer these questions and write a poem with what you discover.




4. The Villain Triumphs

It's always the hero that wins in the end. We're always taught that good triumphs over evil. Write a poem praising the villain.


It could be the origin of a villain we're all familiar with—a redemption arc for the most vicious of them all, a justification of their evils. While everyone's a hero in their own stories, compose a poem looking at yourself as the villain in your life.


BONUS: Who is your favourite villain? Write a poem from their perspective. Tell their story, lament their downfall or praise their rise to evil.



5. We Cheat Death

Write a poem in which the speaker cheats Death. Think about how you want to portray Death in these poems. Is Death a fool your speaker can cheat? Or is Death a menacing adversary, your speaker, has to combat to get away from? Why is your speaker trying to cheat Death in the first place?


Refer to these Death Themed Poetry Prompts previously on The Poetry Cove Blog for further inspiration.


6. Ugly Devotion

Reinvent gods, reimagine blessings and reinstigate curses. For this poem, write an ugly prayer. Write about a conquest against Heaven, your reign of terror.


If you write any poems inspired by these prompts, share them in the Poetry Cove Forum for other poets to read or for feedback. You can even consider submitting it to the Magazine or the Radio. Happy creating!



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NP Hunt
NP Hunt
Aug 06, 2022

These prompts are fantastic. Some made me think of what must have been going through the mind of Milton when writing Paradise Lost, or Dante writing the Inferno part of the Divine Comedy. Really great stuff. Thanks again.

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Didier Beaugrand
Didier Beaugrand
Jun 23, 2022

Thank you so much for this post Suchita! 😁

I am very often inspired (or triggered) to write by darker emotions, anger and frustration being a regular visitor... 😤😬🥴 I find that poetry is a great medium to elaborate and explore our darker side.

Great post! Thanks.

🙏

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Suchita Senthil Kumar
Suchita Senthil Kumar
Jun 23, 2022
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Thank you, absolutely agree with you. Glad if these prompts resonated with you!

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Ken LeMarchand
Ken LeMarchand
Jun 16, 2022

So, I wrote something for my personal blog that I'll post tomorrow using a hybrid between poetry prompt 5 and 6. I'm calling it King of Worms (may be subject to change, but I grow tired of contemplating on a title). After the initial post, I might place it in the Share Your Poetry feed.

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Suchita Senthil Kumar
Suchita Senthil Kumar
Jun 16, 2022
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That's awesome, looking forward to reading it!

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Sophie
Sophie
Jun 14, 2022

Probably my favorite set of prompts from you yet Suchita!!

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Suchita Senthil Kumar
Suchita Senthil Kumar
Jun 14, 2022
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Thank you so much Sophie!

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Shen Friebe
Shen Friebe
Jun 11, 2022

Suchita delivering the goods once again <3 I am always in awe by your prompts. Can't wait to try the 'Ugly Devotion' one- that is fantastic. I thought I might share a poem I wrote quite a while back titled 'Et tu Brute' in case you'd like to see it!

Et tu Brute


I ran and ran but not to run

I ran through helter-skelter

I ran towards endless peace

I ran to seek some shelter.


To my left were hands that pushed

To my right were paths broken

There were arms reaching everywhere

But no pair that were open


One path I knew for sure

Was where I'd find salvation

A life we could live far from here

Forever…


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NP Hunt
NP Hunt
Aug 06, 2022
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Great poem, I really enjoyed that

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