Saturday, March 23, 2013

Ideas for Poems from Dr. T.

As I anticipate writing a poem a day during the month of April, I was happy to come across a site that gives 100 ideas for poems: Perhaps others who plan to participate in this event will also find some of these ideas helpful. These prompts could also be used for future writings, even after the end of the upcoming event.

The first 25 ideas include:

Ideas for Poems

You can write a poem:
  1. Describing a person by describing his or her belongings.
  2. Speaking from the point of view of something you lost or misplaced.
  3. In the shape of its subject (a concrete poem)
  4. Telling about something that happened long ago, to you or to someone else.
  5. As a conversation between two people, objects, ideas, or animals.
  6. Defining words in strange and new ways
  7. About something in the news.
  8. As dialogue in a play
  9. With assonance (repeating the same vowel sounds)
  10. Using alliteration (repeating the same consonant sound)
  11. About noisy things in words that sound like the noises they make.
  12. In one loooooong sentence.
  13. About your favorite sport
  14. Pretending you are somebody else.
  15. With the title acting as the first line of the poem.
  16. Explaining what it's like to wake up in the morning, using sounds.
  17. Imitating a poet or a poem you like.
  18. Describing a person by describing his actions, using strong verbs
  19. As an acrostic, using unexpected ideas. Mix long and short lines. Use your own name. Use a series of words. Put the acrostic word in the middle of the poem instead of at the beginning.
  20. About a feeling, using color, shape, texture and size adjectives.
  21. Repeating things you've overheard in the halls, fragments of conversation and statements
  22. In stanzas with the rhyme scheme abba, cddc, and so on.
  23. Using words from an entry in your classroom journal
  24. Telling what a place will look like in a hundred years, or what it looked like a century ago.
  25. Saying exactly the same thing over and over in completely different ways.

The above ideas are from:

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