Tuesday, May 9, 2017

On Writing: Poetry and Fantasy (Erin)

Today I want to take a moment to talk about poetry. You can probably guess we are writing poetry in my Creative Writing class, but as I was thinking of poems, I realized some of my favorites have come from fantasy books.

When the dark comes rising
Six shall turn it back
Three from the circle
Three from the track
Wood, Bronze, Iron
Water, Fire, Stone
Five shall return and one go alone.  Susan Cooper The Dark is Rising

The poem continues, and foreshadows much of the action in the series. I liked the poem so much that I actually memorized all three stanzas when I was in sixth grade. Another poem I enjoy is Frodo's Song in Bree. Although technically a song, it is fun to read, and references many familiar nursery rhymes. 

There is an inn, a merry old inn, 
beneath an old grey hill  
And there they brew a beer so brown  
That the man in the moon himself came down
One night to drink his fill.  J.R.R. Tolkein The Fellowship of the Ring

One of my favorite types of poetry to write is word association poetry. First, you choose a topic. Then, you list two or three words that topic first makes you think of. Then, for each word you listed, you list two or three more words. Finally, you list another three words for each of those words. . . Let me show you.

Topic: Spring

Cut Grass        Swinging                                          Grandma's House
                                                                                      Fourth of July

                          Colorful tulips                                  Amsterdam                            

                         Raindrops                                         Splashing
                                                                                     Gentle pitter patter

Baby Chicks    The Zoo                                            Happy

                           Easter                                              Grateful
                                                                                     The Cross
                                                                                     Saving Grace

                          Fuzzy                                                 Peach cobbler
                                                                                     Be careful!

It is fun to see how all the images you think of can combine and form a poem! 

My question for you today is, have any of you written poetry to include in your stories? Have you ever tried word association poetry? How else do you go about writing poetry? 

Leave a comment and let us know! 



  1. Fun post, Erin! I love poetry in fantasy, particularly in The Hobbit and LOTR. It's great for prophecies and nursery rhymes and old fairy tales that are more true than most would believe and that sort of thing. I've never heard of word association poetry, but it looks fun. I have written poetry and songs for my stories. I rarely write poetry otherwise, but I enjoy doing it for my stories.

  2. Ooh, this is a fun topic! I'll admit I'm not much of a poetry fan myself, but it can be interesting in the context of fantasy stories. My current WIP involves a curse that I'm hoping will sound poetic, but we'll see what I'm able to come up with :)


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