English 101 Poetry Lines
Poetry – Lines
Poetry Exercise: Line
Write about “leaving” whetherit’s divorce, leaving the house this morning, finishing a really good book, ora friend dying you decide! Free write about this topic for fifteen minutes,and then go back and circle significant words and phrases. Next, draft outseveral short test lines in which you end the line on one of these significantwords even if the word leads right into the next line.
Use this free-write as the basis forwriting a poem of 12-15 lines that pays close attention to line endings, and thepoem should use syllabics i.e.,each line should contain the same number of syllables.
Be sure that your final draft poem:
ends each line on a significant word you want to emphasize,
includes a combination of run-over and end-stopped lines,
contains the same number of syllables for each line, and
remembers to pay close attention to fresh, crisp diction, compressed language, and a variety of imagery (description, metaphor, simile, and metonymy).
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