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Creative Writing Poetry Prompts

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This is a power point of poetry prompts for a creative writing course.

This is a power point of poetry prompts for a creative writing course.

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  • 1. Creative Writing Poetry #1
    • From this prompt you will come up with a poem about an object that describes you.
    • 2. First choose an object.
    • 3. Next, list down the reasons that you think this object you chose represents you.
    • 4. From this list of reasons, which one is the most powerful? Circle that one.
    • 5. Which one conveys the strongest image of you? Circle that one.
    • 6. Once you’ve chosen two main imagines, list down the things about you that support these two images.
    • 7. Build your poem from here.
  • Creative Writing Poetry #2
    • As your starting point.
    • 8. Create a poem using Emily Dickinson’s
    • 9. “Break me the sunset in a cup,”
  • Creative Writing Poetry #3
    Recall an uplifting experience and write poetry about it.
  • 10. Creative Writing Poem #4
    Step One: Randomly choose 15words from a dictionary. Just flip through the pages, close your eyes, and put your finger down on the page. Copy down the word that is closest to your finger. If your finger lands on a word that you don't know, you can choose the word just above or just below it. For the purposes of this assignment, count paired words as a single entry (for instance, "melting pot" is listed as a single entry).Step Two: Shape your list of dictionary entries into a poem, using at least ten of the entries (you can, of course, use them all if you want). You can add articles, helping and to be verbs, coordinating conjunctions, and prepositions.
  • 11. Creative Writing Poem #5
    Choose a place that you remember well and want to share with others. This poem relies on your filling in a form
    3 adjectives
    An abstract noun
    a participial phrase
    2 prepositional phrases
    2 verbphrases
    the place name
    cool, quick, smooth
    beauty
    flowing swiftly
    downward
    over the edges of reality
    defying sense
    compelling sighs
    falling water
    You can format your poem anyway that you like. Use more punctuation or less. Change the line breaks. Align the words with the margin. Use capital letters, play with the arrangement of the words on the page, and so forth. Be creative!
  • 12. Creative Writing Poem #6
    Create a poem inspired by a line in a Charles Bukowski poem: “some suicides are never recorded”
  • 13. Creative Writing Poem #7
    Think of a view from a window you know well. Respond on paper after each question. Each of these responses will form one line of their poem.
    What do you see straight ahead?
    What is on the left ?
    What do you see to the right?
    Do you notice anything different outside?
    Use the words “sometimes” or “always” in describing your view.
    Include a detail that suggests time of day or time of year.
    7 & 8 Look for two more details, one of them so far in the distance you can hardly see it... or maybe can’t see it at all...
  • 14. Creative Writing Poem #8
    List ten items that you would buy at an auction, or tag sale.
    Write a poem including those items. You may chose to title your poem, "Things Found At An Auction".
  • 15. Creative Writing Poem #9
    Write a poem using, "how to...". For example, "how to write a poem", "how to break my heart"," how to distinguish a flower from a frog".
  • 16. Creative Writing Poem #10
    Write three shaped-verse poems. Shaped-verse poems are a form of "pattern poetry", where the letters, words, and lines of the poem are arranged to form a picture/outline of the subject of the poem. An example is a poem in the shape of a Christmas tree discussing your thoughts about Christmas itself, family traditions, and so on.