Tuesday, May 9, 2017
On Writing: Poetry and Fantasy (Erin)
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.
Cut Grass Swinging Grandma's House
Fourth of July
Colorful tulips Amsterdam
Gentle pitter patter
Baby Chicks The Zoo Happy
Fuzzy Peach cobbler
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!