Do You Remember Your Nursery Rhymes?

Who hasn’t written a poem before? Even once? I believe most people go through a phase in life and it pushes them to pen a poem; ok, or something that resembles a poem.

At an early age, we have been exposed to poems. Remember the nursery rhymes? They’re poems. Someone put melodies on them so adults can sing the rhymes to little kids and the little kids can remember them easily.

You’ve probably written a poem of some sort in the past. Whether you write poems for fun, for personal reasons, or for publication, here are 3 poetry prompts you can try out:

1. I Am. For each of the letters in your first name, think of at least 3 positive adjectives. Next, go over your adjective list and circle the ones that describe you best. Then use those adjectives for your “I Am” poem.

2. A Quinzaine. Quinzaine is from the French word quinze, which means “fifteen.” A quinzaine is an unrhymed verse having 3 lines and 15 syllables. Line 1 gives a statement and the remaining 2 lines ask a question that relates to line 1.

Here’s the form:
line 1 – 7 syllables
line 2 – 5 syllables
line 3 – 3 syllables

And here’s an example of a quinzaine:

Sun’s radiance shuns shadows
Will the morning steal
the darkness?

3. The Object Poem. Choose an object. Next, list down the reasons you think the object you chose represents you (or your personality). From your list of reasons, which one is the most powerful? Which one conveys the strongest image of yourself? Once you’ve chosen your main image, list at least 10 things that support this main image. Build your poem from there.

Copyright © Shery Ma Belle Arrieta-Russ

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