You may receive up to 20 points of extra credit by writing a poem inspired by one of the following ten “poetry games.” You can only do one of these — maximum 20 points extra credit. Your “poetry game poem” can be turned in at any point this semester.
- Make a list of random words. Then write a poem that includes all the words.
- A child about to be born has requested a briefing on what to expect. What do you tell him or her?
- Write your obituary in the voice of someone who loved you. Then write another obituary in the voice of someone who didn’t love you.
- Write a poem in which most of the vocabulary comes from a specific field: mathematics, cooking, football, religion, car repair, etc. The poem could be an apology to a girlfriend or boyfriend using words from theatre, for example.
- Write a first-person poem from the viewpoint of a wild animal finding a half-eaten hamburger. Or an animal about to cross a highway.
- Write a first-person poem from the perspective of a fork, knife, or spoon. What does the utensil think of the person using it?
- Write a poem about getting into a physical fight. Describe the action in detail with a sense of slow motion. What does it feel like to get hit?
- Write a first-person poem in which you imagine that you possess X-ray vision. You can see inside everything before your eyes. What would your life be like? Would you enjoy it?
- Pick out one of your favorite poems, and pretend that it is a letter from a close friend, even though it may sound like a mysterious letter. Write a poem in response to what your friend has written.
- Create brand new, absolutely original similes for the following expressions. Here is an example: As nervous as a downed power line.
As blue as _________________
As rough as _______________
As stiff as __________________
As eager as ________________
Crying like ________________
As tall as ________________
Shaking like ________________
Once you have completed your similes, pick the one that you like best, and use it in the first line of a 12-line poem.