After reading both poems, answer the following questions:
- How would you describe the style and/or voice of each poet? What makes you describe it this way?
- Which poem do you enjoy more? Why? Be specific!
Answer the questions in the comments section by Wednesday, 11/18.
I hope that reading these various poets shows you a few things: one, that a poem can take multiple forms, and it doesn’t have to follow a structure, two, that the subject of a poem can be about the most mundane and global–sometimes at the same time, and, three, that writing poetry can be frustrating and exhilarating at the same time!
You’ll be able to express your frustrations and exhilarations soon in a journal post, but first, let’s continue with the writing.
Here’s the continuing assignment from last week:
If you haven’t done this yet, make sure you take time to do it this week! If you started this last week, keep on looking and writing!
Go to this website. It’s a site that has writing prompts for poetry. Each prompt has a poem. There are several, so survey the prompts and then choose at least four you’re attracted to.
- Read the prompt and poem carefully. Read the poems first for enjoyment, then examine how each poet “does it.” What’s their style? Formal, conversational, something in between? What’s their voice? How do they express their unique self?
- Next, I want you to match the poet’s style and voice with your own words (not copy, of course, but try to follow their word choices–if they use slang, use slang, if they have rhythm or rhyme, use rhythm or rhyme). See if it works. If it does, great, but if it doesn’t, don’t stress. Look at other poems and prompts.
- There is a deadline for this assignment! Look on the Assignment page for this information.
I assume you’re seeing that poetry has many different voices and styles, and that poetry breaks a lot of the rules of grammar and spelling or has its own entire set of rules. This is why I want you to spend a lot of time examining and trying out different types of poetry!
Go to the Assignment page for Week 13 to see the due dates!