11 Popular Poems About Teenage Life And Love

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Teenage is a confusing and uncertain stage of life. Poems for teens help teenagers make sense of the word and find their way out. Teenagers go through a myriad of emotions and new experiences that often leave them overwhelmed and exhausted. There are a lot of changes that teenagers go through psychologically, emotionally, and physically, and it can be challenging for them to deal with these. In this post, we bring you some moving poems and rhymes for teens that will calm their agitating minds and guide them on the right path. Scroll down.

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11 Teenage Poems

Poems About Teenage Life

These poems express profound feelings and experiences that teenagers go through during adolescence. Poems that tell stories and convey emotions are especially powerful in capturing the essence of the teenage experience. Missy, a blogger and poet, shares how writing poems helped her in her teenage years. She says, “I began writing poetry when I was 11 or 12 years old, with the bulk of my work completed during my early teen years… My poetry helped me identify and understand problems in my life. When I was depressed, I wrote a poem about it. I chronicled my trials and triumphs with the swipe of a pen. When my boyfriend treated me like crap, I expressed my frustrations in my beloved notebook. Medicine and therapy are great, but for me, nothing beats the healing power of releasing my pent-up emotions in written form (i).”

Both writing and reading poems may help your teen with their issues. Share these relatable poems with your teen son, daughter, friend, or sibling.

Funny Poems For Teens

Share these funny poems with your teens and bring a smile to their faces.

1. Teenage years
Teenage years poem

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In a long—ago day no term such as teenager
was inferred
Upon reaching pubescence adulthood was
No separate entity were teenage years
thought to be
Anymore than 20 or 30 even 93
The business of giving separate age a place
on life’s map
Has turned out to be nothing but a load
of crap
“I’m a teenager,” they will wail and whine
Implying “your life is less valuable than
“I’m your replacement” is what they’re
trying to say
But they should at their feet what’s crawling
on the floor
Their own replacements will be ready a couple
years or more.

—Elizabeth Smith

2. Your Smile

I see you walking down the hall.
Your gorgeous blonde hair,
Thoughtful blue eyes, and
Perfect smile make me flustered.

I try to disappear into myself.
When I will pass you.
A God like you doesn’t notice
People who are like me.

Somehow, you catch my eye.
And you wink at me as we pass.
When you can’t see me anymore,
A smile lights up my face.

The impossible actually happened!
I am left grinning like a giggly idiot,
Getting concerned glances by others.
Yet, I don’t care because you smiled at me:

You with your sunshine hair,
Deep, blue ocean eyes, and
your contagious smile.
My smile glows because of your smile.

—Tasha Taylor

3. Illogical wish
Time up! Time up! Examiner's tune, Poems for teens

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Time up! Time up!
Examiner’s tune
Shut up! Shut up!
Teacher’s tune
Hey! Can’t we ban it?

We children get a year to hear
And only 3 hours to star
Can’t we keep it on a little par?

Oh! I didn’t mean a long year,
But at least a day
And then it will, one on one.

Teacher talks the whole day.
It may be any topic
Can’t we make it on a par?

Oh! I don’t mean:
Be a talkative or a lecturer
But a discusser
And then it can be on any topic.

Time up! Time up!
Examiner’s tune
Shut up! Shut up!
Teacher’s tune
Hey! Can’t we ban it?

—Lisha Porwal

Teenage Poems About Love

Teenage love can be exciting and thrilling yet uncertain at the same time. Share these love poems and verses that express the feelings that teenagers often harbor about their “first love” or crush.

4. Have I Ever?

Have I ever told you how much you mean to me?
And how it feels like heaven whenever you’re with me.
I just love the way you hold me in your warm embrace.
And when I’m down, how you gently wipe the tears from my face.
The way you kiss, how your lips softly and sweetly meet mine.
The way you innocently look into my eyes, with love and passion
and never cold like ice.

So, you’re asking, “How much do I mean to you?”
Words can’t explain how I feel,
but honey, I love you!

—Asian Angel

5. Wishing
Wishing you were mine, poems for teens

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I sit here day and night.
Wishing with all my might
That one day, you will see
How much you mean to me

You’re like an angel sent from above
And I want you to trust me with your love
I don’t see you every day
But you’re in my heart anyway

You’re gentle, kind, and sweet.
And I’m praying the next day we meet
You’ll fall in love with me
And then you’ll finally see
What I’ve been feeling all this time
Wishing you were mine.


6. My Angel

Your dark flowing hair does tickle my nose
after you kiss me when I give you a rose.
Your sweet blue eyes send my mind in motion;
they remind me of the sparkle of the sun in the ocean.
your calm, gentle voice always brings me a smile;
It is so sad we may only talk for a while.
I want to sit and hold you forever,
for that is a memory I long to endeavor.
The touch of your soft, gentle hands against mine
sends wonderful chills along my spine.
My dreams to be with you have finally come true,
For now, I will never want to let go of you.

—Steve Beaudry

7. Her
Holding her in my arms, poem for teenager

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I like holding her hand,
Holding her in my arms
Never wanting to let go
Never saying goodbye,
Wishing the kiss lasted forever.

Her smile brightens my day.
And her presence is even greater.
For then, I know I will always Love her
And with every Hug and Kiss
Our relationship grows stronger.

I feel sad when she cries,
Wanting to make things better,
But all I can do is tell her
That I will always be there.
And I just want her to know
that I will always Love her.

—William Johnson

8. The Last Goodbye

How can I say I’m sorry
When I know that you don’t care?
Now that I have done you wrong
How can I say these feelings that I share?

I cannot say I love you.
Or that I really truly care,
‘Cause my words would mean as much to you
As a layer of thin air.

How can I say good—bye
Must I face my worst fear?
Must I lose all of these feelings
That I hold so near?

How can I let go
Of a love that was so true?
How can I forget these feelings?
That I still hold for you?

Why can’t I say goodbye?
Even when I was wrong
To think that these feelings
Could it last forever long?

But I guess it’s really over.
I’m left alone and so sad,
Yet I still think of us
And all the times we had.

Maybe in the future
We can sort this all through,
But until then, my dearest love
I’ll say one last, “I love you.”

—Michael Bush

9. Feelings
The memories we had stays on my mind

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The feelings I feel inside
I can’t explain
It’s like I still love you
but it doesn’t feel the same.

The memories we had
stays on my mind
How can I forget
I think about them all the time.

I wish we could go back
to how we were before
But it feels like the love we had before
just isn’t there anymore.

So many thoughts run through my head
like what kind of future we have ahead
I hope all our problems go away
so we can live happier together forever, everyday

And if by chance our love does end
I hope to God that we can still be friends.

—Austine’a Burrell

10. Fire and ice

Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I’ve tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To know that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.

— Robert Frost

11. Mirror

I am silver and exact. I have no preconceptions.
Whatever I see I swallow immediately
Just as it is, unmisted by love or dislike.
I am not cruel, only truthful‚
The eye of a little god, four-cornered.
Most of the time I meditate on the opposite wall.
It is pink, with speckles. I have looked at it so long
I think it is part of my heart. But it flickers.
Faces and darkness separate us over and over.

Now I am a lake. A woman bends over me,
Searching my reaches for what she really is.
Then she turns to those liars, the candles or the moon.
I see her back, and reflect it faithfully.
She rewards me with tears and an agitation of hands.
I am important to her. She comes and goes.
Each morning it is her face that replaces the darkness.
In me she has drowned a young girl, and in me an old woman
Rises toward her day after day, like a terrible fish.

— Sylvia Plath

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. How can I encourage a teenager to get interested in poetry?

You can encourage your teens’ interest in poetry by sharing poems for different situations and occasions with them. Reading lyrics or writing poems to them from an early age can also pique their interest in poetry. Also, taking them to poetry events can encourage them to read such literature and write poems. Creative writing can be a great outlet for juniors and young adults to express their thoughts and feelings about teenage life and love.

2. What is the purpose of poems for teens?

Poetry is a great way for teens to express their feelings, emotions, and thoughts creatively. Different poetry genres can also help evoke different emotions and explore different issues in life. Contemporary poetry can expose teens to modern themes and issues they can relate to and provide a platform for self-expression through poetic language. For example, a poem on social and political injustice can evoke feelings of patriotism and socialism, while a love poem can help them to feel love and care.

3. What makes a poem appropriate for a teenage audience?

A poem apt for teenage audiences usually resonates with the issues and challenges they face daily, such as friendship, love, self-esteem, depression, freedom, education, parents, and constant changes.

4. Can poems for teens be educational as well as entertaining?

Yes, poems for teens can be both educational and entertaining. The stanzas of the poems and narrations can expose teens to new ideas and viewpoints and explore important themes and issues in teenage life in a fun way.

5. How can poetry help teenagers with their emotional development?

Writing, reciting, or reading poems and sonnets can help teenagers express or process their deepest emotions and help them understand different perspectives. Poems can also help teens develop empathy and resilience, helping in their emotional development.

6. Can poetry be used as a tool for social change among teenagers?

Yes, poems on social topics, such as women’s empowerment, freedom of speech, social injustice, and other issues, can help teens be aware of these situations and can serve as an inspirational source for taking action toward a positive change.

7. How can reading and writing poetry help teenagers develop their critical thinking skills?

Poetry helps teenagers develop critical thinking skills by allowing them to build reading and comprehension skills. Writing poems allows a teen to research a particular topic, create structure and style, and determine the type of language and emotions they need to express; these activities result in helping teens develop their critical thinking abilities (1). For example, writing haiku, with its strict structure and syllable count, challenges teens to think critically about word choice and sentence structure, leading to improved writing and critical thinking skills.

Poetry is one of the best ways to express feelings and emotions in the simplest form. Writing them also promotes the imagination of children. This collection of thoughtful poems for youngsters can be your gift to your adolescent child going through the most unstable phases of their life. Whether it’s their first heartbreak or a new teenage life experience, these poems help them understand their feelings. These may inspire your child to pen down their heartfelt words, reflections, musings, and raw emotions.

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  1. Siti Aisyah et al; (2019); The Role Of Poems In Developing Critical Thinking Skill Of Low Achieving Students.
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Vinita Agrawal is an accomplished poet hailing from Indore, India. She has garnered significant recognition for her poetic endeavors, including winning the prestigious Proverse prize in Hong Kong in 2021 for her collection of poems titled "Twilight Language." Vinita has been the recipient of several awards, such as the Rabindranath Tagore Literary Prize in 2018 and the Gayatri GaMarsh Memorial...read full bio