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What is Powerful Verb?

A Powerful Verb is when you use a synonym to make your writing more descriptive and exciting.

How to Use Powerful Verbs

When using the word walk in a sentence change it to use – trod, paced, sashayed, skulked or stamped.

One way to make verbs more interesting is to use nouns. Some nouns are very descriptive like skunk! This tells the reader something is really smelly.

Examples of Powerful Verbs in Sentences

He skunked up the room with his aftershave.

She wormed her way out of the crowd.

Powerful Verbs are used in poetry to be more descriptive, using them can make a sentence more interesting.

Why don't you try writing a poem using metaphors and enter it into one of our poetry competitions.

For information on poetry terms other than a metaphor visit our poetry glossary – poetry terms.

Poetry Terms

Adjective Kenning Poetry Slam Rhythm
Alliteration Metaphor Powerful Verbs Simile
Anthology Meter Prose Stanza
Assonance Onomatopoeia Refrain Syllable
Chorus Oxymoron Repetition Synonym
Consonance Personification Rhyme Verb
Envoi Poetry Rhyming Couplet Verse
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