How To Format Poems On Medium?

Making your poems pretty is an art on Medium.

Jun Wu
Jun Wu
Jan 25 · 3 min read
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I’ve written a lot of poetry this year on Medium. I haven’t counted. But, I’ve written at least 50 poems on Medium. For a while, I was publishing one poem a day. I will do that again this summer. Good weather inspires me to write good poetry.

One thing I’ve learned from writing poetry on Medium is that you need to make it pretty. Both curators and poets like to read work that is pleasing to the eye.

When I started, a well-known poet on Medium reached out and taught me these tricks to format my poems. Now, I’m going to share them with you.

Title and Subtitle

Poetry does not need long titles. They also don’t need long subtitles. When you don’t place a subtitle, Medium will automatically show a few lines of your poetry as the subtitle.

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But, my favorite way to subtitle my poems is by stating what the poem is about.

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Line Spacing

Poetry should be single-spaced inside the same stanza. You can accomplish this by simply using “Shift” and “Return” on your keyboard when you are moving to a new line.

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Picture

Picking the perfect picture will add emotions to your poems. I tend to pick pictures that convey the emotion than the subject of your poems. There are poets such as Guérin Kà who will use all paintings as feature images for his poems. It depends on what you want to achieve as far as branding on Medium.

Formatting: Italics, Bold, Quotes

You can also use formatting techniques such as italics, bold, and quotes on Medium to spice up the formatting of your poems. Anna Rozwadowska is the editor of StoryMaker. She is one of the most prolific poets on Medium. Her poem Implications shows the power of using italics. Her poem Discernment shows the power of using “quotes” function on Medium to emphasize the lines in the poem.

Using Multiple Pictures

There are poets on Medium who use multiple pictures in their poetry. You can stagger the stanzas in between pictures that show off what your stanzas are talking about. These poems feel more like a photo essay than a poem. But, that’s another way to convey your thoughts.


As a writer, it’s always good to experiment with writing poetry on Medium. Getting the format right for your particular poem is an art form. The experimentation is fun.

Good luck. I hope you have a good time writing poetry on Medium.

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