Here at The Frost Place, we’re all about encouraging the creation and appreciation of poetry. Now that we’re more than half way through National Poetry Month, how have you been creating and appreciating poems? Here are some suggestions to help you make the best of the rich external and internal world of poetry available to you for the rest of this April:
- Read a poem every day
- Write a poem using madlibs, or take an old poem of yours and turn it into a madlib
- Write a poem modeled after your favorite writer’s poems
- Write a poem about something that happened to you today
- Write a poem about mundane objects like what’s inside your fridge, at the back of your closet, or behind your bathroom mirror
- Find a new poet or book to love this month (might I suggest checking out The Frost Place faculty?)
- In a 1916 letter to Louis Untermeyer, Frost said, “A poem…begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness. It is a reaching-out toward expression; an effort to find fulfillment. A complete poem is one where an emotion finds the thought and the thought finds the words.” Billy Collins said, “I think the worst time to write is when you’re all emotional. The writing of poetry doesn’t require emotion, it requires concentration.” As an experiment, try writing a poem when you feel emotional. Now, try writing a poem when you feel concentrated and thoughtful. How do they turn out differently in terms of craft?
- Write a poem about something you saw happen or heard about today, from the perspective of the person to whom it happened.