“A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness.” ~Robert Frost
A. Recognize cliches
B. Written images create mood. Strengthen your images. Here’s how:
C. Listening to music to develop imagery: some practice
- “Ride of the Valkyries”
- “Unfinished Symphony”
- “Lark Ascending”
- “Moonlight Sonata”
- “William Tell Overture”
D. Example poem using personification: “Five Things About the Lake.” Notice: character, emotions, likes, dislikes, appearance, possessions, relationship with the external world.
F. Cutting extra words. Revision work.
G. Optional Try writing a poem showing contrast.