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Delayed Prompts for National Poetry Month – Week 2

Hello Everyone!

I hope you are having fun trying some of these prompts here or one of sites I suggested. Sorry for the late posting and I just realized that I forget to include a poem for the 8th! I got a bit busy here at work. We finished up the well and rigged down.

I will try and post the prompts for next week Saturday or Sunday.

Anyway, here are the prompts for Week 2. Enjoy!

4/8:  N+7 Poem This is an unusual modern form. It involves taking the seventh word of your poem and replacing it with the 7th word from it in the dictionary. Here is an online generator to help you do that faster. It also has options for replacing with the next word, (N+1) up to N+15.

I tried this for the first time in the 2014 Tiferet Poem-a-thon called “Sleeping to the Kitchen” It was based on a dream where Jennifer Lopez was in my kitchen. Weird!

4/9:  Ode. Write an ode to one of your favorite things. It could be a favorite book, toy or even a food! Pablo Neruda wrote many odes to common things like salt, tuna, socks, etc. Check them out.

4/10: Sonnet: There are many sonnets out there. So I won’t bore you with examples. Here are some tips and examples of different kinds of sonnets

4/11: Haiku: Traditionally they have an indication of what season they are writing about. Write a few haiku. To make it more interesting write some based on movies where the season plays a prominent role, i.e. Fargo, The Karate Kid, Rushmore, Ping Pong Summer, etc.

4/12:  Echo Verse: These are fun to read. I first read this kind of poem in a book called The New Oxford Book of Seventeenth Century Verse, edited by Alistair Fowler which really got me interested in poetry. I recommend it. It features a poem called (appropriately),  An Echo by Sir William Alexander, Earl of Stirling (on page 67 of the Amazon preview if you’re interesting in reading it.)

It takes the form a question and answer where at the end of each line there is an answer to the question or phrase.

4/13: Clerihew: A whimisical biographical poem form.  It’s short and comical based on famous person. The rhyme is AABB and the meter is forced for humorous effect. It’s not meant to be mean but just humorous. So try to write in that mode.

4/14:  Found Poetry: This is fun way to write. You look through a text and rearrange it, creating a new poem. There’s even a website dedicated to it called Found Poetry Review.

4/15: Free Verse: Poetry without the rhyme, meter in a way/ Here are tips from the Poetry Foundation and  Wikipedia.  Walt Whitman, Ezra Pound and William Carlos Willaims are examples of free verse poets.

4/16: Cinquain: Is a French form and is made up of five lines. There is a variation of it similar to the Tanka, inspired by Adelaide Crapsey that uses syllables in a 2, 4, 6, 8, and 2 pattern.




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