Poetic Forms: the Villanelle

DP #37: Fear

What are you afraid of? Write for five minutes. This can be great fodder for poetry!

Hi folks!

Today, you’re going to try one of my favorite types of structured poems: the villanelle.

Here’s one I wrote.

This handout will help you write your own. Give it a try!


The mother of all poems: the SONNET

Daily Prompt

WN #35: Laughter

Freewrite for five minutes about what makes you laugh.

Continuing yesterday’s lesson, we’re going to watch three new poets read one of their poems to us.   After each poet reads, you’ll be writing down your initial reactions.


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.

And for those who really want a challenge, trying writing a villanelle.  Talk about highly structured!

Have fun!