Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Poetry Exercise #2: Cartoon Characters

One exercise I found useful is to write a poem about a cartoon character, like Bugs Bunny or Beetle Bailey. The Beetle Baily poem I wrote was about Bailey being a gay soldier who has a S&M-like relationship with his sarge, but Bailey leaves and they never have a true relationship. You should write the poem in the character's voice, perhaps warping it satirically or maybe taking it straight. Imagine what it would be like to be this character, from a human/emotional standpoint rather than a purely comical point of view. What motivates him or her? What is wrong with her or his life? How does the character interact with other characters and what causes him or her pain or makes him or her happy? For example, a poem about Huckleberry Hound might counter the view that he's dumb or slow. He might be misunderstood in a profound way. Let me know what you think about it.

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