10 poems to read on National Poetry Day In honor of National Poetry Day, TED-Ed asked writing teachers at the San Francisco Writers Grotto to recommend their favorite poems worth sharing. Below, a short poetry reading list for TED-Ed learners of all ages. Constance Hale, author of Sin and Syntax: How to Craft Wickedly Effective Prose, recommends: “Design” by Robert Frost For younger readers, I would go with some of the easier Robert Frost poems, which would set the stage for the more complex ones. Caroline Paul, author of Lost Cat: A True Story of Love, Desperation, and GPS Technology, recommends: Billy Collins, in general Poetry is about concision, beauty — and the sudden swerve that tweaks the reality we thought we knew. “Percy and Books” by Mary Oliver I love the way Mary Oliver pokes fun at herself, realizing that poetry is paltry next to a day romping about in nature. Ethan Watters, author of Crazy Like Us: The Globalization of the American Psyche, recommends: Grace Rubenstein, multimedia editor of TED Books, recommends:
Top Questions for Fictional Characters -- Questions to Help in Creating Characters Creating the more complex round characters takes time -- time spent thinking about how your characters look, where they're from, and what motivates them, for instance. The questions below provide structure to this all-important thought process. While the reader will not need to know all the details, it's important that you do. 1. Michael Adams ("Anniversaries in the Blood"), the novelist and writing professor, believes that setting is the most important element of any story. 2. In a similar vein, where did your character's life begin? 3. Though this might seem like an obvious question, it's important to make a clear decision about this before you begin writing -- otherwise, it's impossible to get the details right. 4. Would a rose by any other name smell as sweet? 5. Is your character tall enough to see over the heads of a crowd at a bar or to notice the dust on the top of his girlfriend's refrigerator? 6. 7. 8. 9. Relationships -- how people interact with others -- reveal character.
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Sometimes -- Sheenagh Pugh Sometimes Sometimes things don't go, after all, from bad to worse. Some years, muscadel faces down frost; green thrives; the crops don't fail, sometimes a man aims high, and all goes well. A people sometimes step back from war; elect an honest man; decide they care enough, that they can't leave some stranger poor. Some men become what they were born for. Sometimes our best efforts do not go amiss; sometimes we do as we meant to. ~ Sheenagh Pugh ~ (In Good Poems , ed. by Garrison Keillor, contributed by Holly Thomas) (left button to play, right button to save) Poems by poetic form Skip to mainSkip to navigation Abcedarian The abecedarian is a poetic form from pre-Biblical times. Acrostic An acrostic is a poem or song or any piece of writing in which (usually) the first letter of each line (or sentence, or paragraph) spells out a word or a message. Alexandrine The alexandrine is a line of six iambic feet; one foot longer than the iambic pentameter. Alliteration Alliteration refers to the use of similar sounds to begin a sequence of words, e.g. spick and span, kith and kin, jump for joy. Assonance Assonance is the repetition of similar vowel sounds in neighbouring words, to create the effect of rhyme within phrases or lines of verse. Ballad Ballads are narrative folk-songs or folk poems made up of simple four-line stanzas, usually rhyming abcb. Blank Verse Blank verse is a type of verse with a regular metre (usually iambic pentameter) but no rhyme, hence ‘blank’. Bush ballads Caesura Elegy Epic Free verse Haibun Haiku Iambic foot Ode Onomatopoeia Parody Prose-poem Rhyming Satire Sonnet
Creative Writing Prompts for Sci-Fi & Fantasy Lovers | Creative Writing Prompts Posted by Melissa Donovan on April 5, 2013 · Fantastical creative writing prompts. In the world of creative writing, we’ve only begun tapping the possibilities in speculative fiction, a genre that includes science fiction, fantasy, paranormal, supernatural, horror, and superhero stories, as well as anything that ventures beyond known reality. Speculative fiction is an under-recognized genre: Academia and literary elitists traditionally haven’t given it much credence, although it has been gaining acclaim in recent years. But the genre’s fans are rabid. Plus, it’s a lot of fun to step outside of reality and see just what your imagination can do. You can write about knights and dragons, spaceships and far-off planets, the apocalypse, ghosts, or strange islands with magical properties. The creative writing prompts below can be used in any way you want. The Speculative Fiction Edition* A plane is flying from Australia to Los Angeles.
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Cure writer's block with writing prompts - writing tips character name generator Jack Kerouac's Essentials of Spontaneous Prose If possible write "without consciousness" in semi-trance (as Yeats' later "trance writing") allowing subconscious to admit in own uninhibited interesting necessary and so "modern" language... 66 Writing Experiments 5. William S. The cutup is a mechanical method of juxtaposition in which Burroughs literally cuts up passages of prose by himself and other writers and then pastes them back together at random... Limerick Rules Otherwise known as poetry for the common man, limericks, named after the Irish town of the same name, were first published in 1820 in The History of Sixteen Wonderful Old Women Exhibiting their Principle Eccentricities and Amusements. by James Harris. They were popularised by Edward Lear (1812 - 1888) in his 1846 Book of Nonsense, a two-volume work featuring 73 illustrated limericks. Despite featuring examples of misogyny and racism, these books were intended for children, with mildly nonsensical verses such as these: There was an old man of Nepal From his horse had a terrible fall But, though split in two, By some very strong glue They mended that man of Nepal. There was an old man of the coast Who placidly sat on a post But when it was cold He relinquished his hold And called for some hot, buttered toast. Characteristic of Lear's limericks is the identical ending to the first and last lines (example 1) and the use of a place-name at the end of each. Limerick Structure
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