Concrete poems and time to write

DP #52: Concrete Poem

Try writing a poem with a shape which compliments its message or topic.

Use this hour to put the finishing touches on the two poems you’ll be posting on your blog tomorrow (one post with two poems and an image on it). Consider having a few of your peers read them to check for errors and to get feedback on the content.


Abecedarian Poetry

DP #50: Title Poem

Pay homage to your favorite books, movies, or poems by writing a title poem.  Feel free to combine favorite titles to create unique poetry.

Take ten minutes.

Today, I want you to try (alone or with a partner) your hand at writing an Abecedarian poem.  These poems use the alphabet to start every line.  Here’s one I wrote.  

If you’re not sure what to write about, I recommend an Abecedarian advice poem.  The Enlightened Narrator over at Short Story Utopia gave me the idea!

Before you leave, I also want to show you your poetry blog assignment on Google Classroom.

Tenth Blog Post Due

Hi folks!

Today is a day to work on your blogs as well as read your peers’ blogs and post comments.

Remember that you have to post on your blog at least once a week for credit.

This week’s window to publish was Saturday, Dec. 5th – today (Friday, December 11th). Be sure to publish something by midnight tonight. I’ll be checking blog posts over the weekend.

Keep in mind your weekly posts (unless otherwise specified) can be about anything you want. The point is to get in the habit of posting on your blog so you can get constant feedback on your work.



I like the undertones of Taoism present in this poem. I also appreciate how consistent this blog is. All of the posts seem unified with common themes and images, creating a clear writer’s voice.

The Road To Tinuë

Without light, there cannot be dark

Without dark, there cannot be light

One gives life to the other

Light that destroys dark, casts only more shadows

There is but one way to fight against the darkness and win

Take it within yourself.

How goes the road to Tinue my friends?  Short post today, and not much to add.  As always, thank you all for taking the time to read my humble blog.

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Daily Prompt

WN #49: Laugh: class-provided prompt

Quickly think of what makes you laugh. Jot a few ideas down.

Now, we will quickly go around the room, sharing one thing which makes us laugh. I’ll be writing them on the board.

Look at the list of words and try to write a short piece which incorporates ALL of the words (or at least five).

Write for ten minutes.

Today, you’re going to try your hand at writing a cinquain.  Can you guess how many lines it is?

Here’s the format:

5 lines

Most common rhyme schemes: ababb, abaab or abccb.

Pretty straightforward, and you can play around with the rhyme scheme.  Take, for example, Edgar Allen Poe’s cinquain, “To Helen:”

Helen, thy beauty is to me
Like those Nicean barks of yore,
That gently, o’er a perfumed sea,
The weary, way-worn wanderer bore
To his own native shore.

Here’s one I wrote.

As always, have fun writing!



Daily Prompt

WN #47: Laughter

Freewrite for five minutes about what makes you laugh.


Today, you’re going to try your hand at writing a sonnet, arguably the most popular form of poetry in the world.  There are several types, but we’re going to focus on the ever-popular Shakespearean sonnet.

Here’s a handout to help guide you through the process. Take the rest of the hour to try writing one.

Tomorrow, we’ll do some sharing of both your limerick and your sonnet. Happy writing!