NaPoWriMo Prompt 12

By on Apr 12, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off

So far, we have primarily been following the alphabet to come up with the daily NaPoWriMo prompts. But considering there are 30 days in the month and only 26 letters in the English alphabet, that will not get us through the whole month. Today, let’s revive a long-forgotten English letter, “Thorn.” Representing the “th” sound, it looked more like a “Y.” This is why “ye” is an archaic spelling of “the.” Learn more at this article. Today, use this letter as an inspiration, which you can approach in a number of ways....

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NaPoWriMo Prompt 11

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For day 11 of the NaPoWriMo challenge, as we follow the alphabet, we reach the letter “J.” There are practically no poetic terms or forms in English that start with “J.” Don’t despair, however. Let me suggest that “J” is for “Joke.” Light verse, or humorous verse, has an enduring charm that can often appeal across age ranges. Many people have introduced their children to poetry through the humorous works of Jack Prelutsky or Shel Silverstein. Even such canonical poets as Alexander Pope used humor frequently and well. Write a poem in any...

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NaPoWriMo Prompt 10

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Rajasthan, India by Nick Kenrick ( For Day 10 of the NaPoWriMo challenge, in our progress through the alphabet, we’ve reached “I” for “Imaginary.” I’m going to borrow an exercise used by one of my poetry professors in grad school. He asked us to write two paragraphs: one a description of a place we knew very well, and one a description of a place we’d never been. Then we were asked to examine those two paragraphs and see which one was more evocative. Almost without exception, the one about the place we’d...

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NaPoWriMo Prompt 9

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For day 9 of NaPoWriMo, we’ve reached the letter “H” in the alphabet, for “Hymn.” Traditionally, a hymn is a poem that praises God or the divine, and is often meant to be sung. While the Poetry Foundation page on the form includes some examples from the 17th through 19th centuries, many also consider Emily Dickinson’s poems to be written in hymn form. Consider writing a hymn to less traditional subjects, such as nature or love or something that inspires spiritual feelings. Feel free to share your poem (or a link to your poem) in the...

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NaPoWriMo Prompt 8

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We’ve reached the letter “G,” and there are very few poetic terms that start with that letter. There is, however, a very interesting form, the “Ghazal.” According to the Poetry Foundation: Originally an Arabic verse form dealing with loss and romantic love, medieval Persian poets embraced the ghazal, eventually making it their own. Consisting of syntactically and grammatically complete couplets, the form also has an intricate rhyme scheme. Each couplet ends on the same word or phrase (the radif), and is preceded by the couplet’s rhyming word (the qafia, which...

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NaPoWriMo Prompt 7

By on Apr 7, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off

Welcome to day 7 of the NaPoWriMo challenge, where poets strive to write 30 poems in 30 days. If you’re on track, you’re finishing up your first week. Let’s move forward in the alphabet to “F” is for “Figure of Speech.” For this poem, strive to make use of at least one figure of speech: a metaphor, simile, hyperbole, irony; or anaphora, antithesis, or chiasmus. For specific definitions of each term, check out the Poetry Foundation page on figures of speech. One approach might be to use an extended metaphor, comparing the subject of the poem to...

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