Write a poem that reflects an everyday moment. You may write it in first-person point of view (I, me, my, we, us, etc.) or third-person point of view (he, she, it, they, etc.). Here is a list of poem suggestions:
- Write about a specific sight in the city like William Carlos Williams did in “The Great Figure.”
- Write about a specific event in nature like Emily Dickinson did in her poems: “A Bird Came Down the Walk” and “A Narrow Fellow in the Grass.”
- Write about a specific occurrence on a farm.
- Write about a specific incident at a school.
- Write about a memory of a childhood toy.
You get the idea, right? Brainstorm a list of your own ideas, a variation of one of the above, or use one of the above ideas.
Show Don’t Tell
Remember to use specific nouns and strong action verbs. Remember to use your senses: sight, sound, taste, touch, smell. Of course, poets use less words than fiction writers, too.
Follow the traditional line breaks and format that most free-verse poets use. Make the line breaks where there is punctuation, an end of a phrase, or the end of a sentence.
Final Draft Instructions
Follow these instructions for typing the final draft:
- The poem must be typed in a Microsoft Word file (.docx)
- It must have one-inch margins, be single-spaced, and typed in a 12 pt. readable font like Times New Roman, Calibri, or Arial.
- Don’t allow the auto-correct in Microsoft Word to capitalize the first line of each poem. Use conventional English rules to write your lines.
- In the upper left-hand corner of page 1, type your first and last name, the name of the class, the date the assignment is due, and the assignment name. Example:
ENGL 1465–Creative Writing
Writing Assignment: Everyday Moment Poem
- Be sure to give your poem a title. Do not bold, enlarge, or punctuate the title. Capitalize the first word and each important word in the title.