Thursday, December 01, 2005

Poetry Exercise #3

Make good use of your reading: Take a line or even just a few words from a poem you like and turn them into a title for a new poem of your own. It's a good way of taking the energy from a good turn of phrase and using it to propel a work of your own. Or, just use one of the lines as the start or the end of a new poem you write. You can cut this borrowed line later from you work during the revision. Even a small kernel of someone else's language can inspire. It also allows you to write your own take on the subject of the poem you borrowed from.


Blogger Bobby said...

I'm going to try some of this stuff, but my problem is I can't come up with the next line. Or the next.

6:54 AM  

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