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 out several short test lines in which you end the line on one of these significant words – even if the word leads right into the next line.

Use this free-write as the basis for writing a poem of 12-15 lines that pays close attention to line endings, and the poem 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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