This week, we invite you to write a post — in verse or in prose — inspired by poetry.
April is National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo), and we’re thrilled to celebrate all the poets and verse-lovers active on WordPress.com.
NaPoWriMo aside, poetry is around us during the other eleven months of the year, too. Whenever you’re reading a psalm, you’re reading poetry. Whenever you read The Gruffalo or The Cat in the Hat to your (or someone else’s) kids, you’re exposing them to poetry. Last year, when you heard these lyrics on the radio:
Like the legend of the Phoenix
All ends with beginnings
What keeps the planets spinning
The force from the beginning
You may have thought you were just listening to a catchy pop tune by Daft Punk. True. But that song was using poetic devices (rhyme, alliteration, simile, and repetition, among others) that have been deployed by poets for millennia.
For this week’s challenge, we have several options for you, depending on your mood and relation to poetry.
- Are you a poet? We’d like to commission a new poem from you — whether you prefer traditional forms (a sonnet or two? A meaty ballad?) or you’re into free verse, we’ll be happy either way.
- Have you dabbled in verse but are looking for something new? Feel free to experiment with a form you wouldn’t usually use. How about a tautogram, a poem where each word starts in the same letter (here’s a great one we recently discovered)? Or try an acrostic, where the first letters of each verse combine into a new word or phrase (hey, if it’s good enough for Edgar Allan Poe…). You could always just compose the next post you were planning to write — in verse.
- Would you like to give poetry a try? NaPoWriMo is clearly the best time to start. You could write a poem in the style of your favorite poet (don’t have one yet? Then go with a random poem!). Or open the first book you can find on page 72, and use the first word on that page as the title of your poem — then write it!
- Are you truly verse-averse? You could always write a prose poem (yes, that’s a thing). Or simply write a post in prose about that traumatic fourth-grade experience that made you hate poetry forever.
If you’d like to use some unusual formatting for your poems, you might want to explore these ideas on displaying poetry on your blogs. We look forward to your poetic experimentations!