National Poetry Month 2018 Event

Poem a Day Challenge! ——> Event @2018

It is a custom during national poetry month to write a poem everyday and I do that almost every year.  It sharpens my poetic skills, and then I use these poems to work on my writing throughout the year. Sometimes I can’t think of topics for poems, so here are some ideas!  Choose a topic/form/lit element, write a poem.

Topics Forms/Styles

__ love poem – haiku (5, 7, 5 syllables per line)

__ anti-love poem – sonnet (14 lines, ABAB rhyme scheme)

__ music (lyrics/topic of) – bars (8 bars, 16 bars, 32 bars, etc)

__ pop culture – rhyming couplets (2 lines, 10 syl)

__ nature – ode (dedication to someone/thing)

__ city life – elegy (after a loss)

__ death – acrostics (first letters of each line spells)

__ school – free verse

__ family – limerick (5 lines, A, B,B, A, B rhyme)

__ college

__ the future

__ dreams Literary Elements – It’s LIT!!!

__ the past – metaphor

__ self love – simile

__ non-romantic love – onomatopoeia

__ a defining moment – hyperbole

__ this is who i am – imagery

__ on my block – alliteration

__ truth – allusion

__ fake people – symbolism

__ struggle – rhyme (end rhyme, internal rhyme)

__ triumph – rhythm

__ setbacks – iambic pentameter

__ success – personification

__ religion – tone

__ values – repetition

__ tough choices – irony

__ choose your own topic

 

Struggling to Get Started?  Get Inspired!

Some of Ms. Lauren’s Favorite Poems

(watch one and fall into a youtube poetry hole!)

 

Saul Williams – Twice the First Time

Gil Scott Heron – The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

Slum Village – Fall in Love

Bassey Ipki – Sometimes Silence is the Loudest Noise

Gang Starr – Above the Clouds

Deonte Osayande – Masks

Mervyn Taylor – The Center of the World

Black Star – Respiration

Staceyann Chin – Racism

Living Legends – Never Falling Down

Sekou Sundiata – Blink Your Eyes

Mark Statman – Kenneth’s Death

Nina Simone – Four Women

Roya Marsh – Black Joy

Shihan – This Type Love

Nas feat. Lauryn Hill – If I Ruled the World

Marty McConnell – Instructions for a Body

Mystic – Neptune’s Jewels

Roger Bonair-Agard – The Day Biggie Died

Ani DiFranco – Self-Evident