ENG 102 | Poetry Project and Selections | Villanelle | Poetry Questions | Revising Poetry | Handouts
Each of the words in the groups below can be a noun, verb, or adjective.
Select one group of words. Then choose an idea, conflict, or situation connected to one of the course readings. Write a poem of nine lines by following these instructions:
Write one line using your first word in the form of a noun; write another line using that word as a verb; write a third line with the word as an adjective.
You may use whatever order works for the lines.
Repeat this procedure with each of your three words. You may use past tense or participial forms of the verb if you wish. You may use whatever other words you wish in composing your poem. Let the words lead you; they know where the poem is.
Repeat the procedure for your second poem.
Words to substitute: store, bound, top, cover, guide, end, single
Title choices include
1. The Tryst
3. My Dream
4. A Game
You may also choose your own title and theme.
In writing poetry, nouns and verbs are stronger than adjectives.