Definition

One must make a distinction however: when dragged into prominence by half poets, the result is not poetry, nor till the autocrats among us can be “literalists of the imagination”—above insolence and triviality and can present for inspection, imaginary gardens with real toads in them, shall we have it.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

A Play on Words

Today's poetic exercise is about seeing and renaming objects. It is a fun exercise to glance again at the ordinary and twist it. I am sure we all did this when we were young, made up names for places we frequented, perhaps that annoying cousin, or we had code words with a friend.  Select an object and give it a new or made up name.  For example, call a mushroom a plump cloud. Write down your made up name.  Now describe your object by comparing it to something else. 



Perhaps honey?

What does it look like?

Where did you find it?

Honey mushroom
floating in a glass like a plump cloud

Now ask the object to bring you a quality that it has or you need.

Example:

Honey mushroom
floating in a glass like a plump cloud
bring me your love
of dark places

Here is the format:

Name(made up or real)
you look like
bring me...

See what you can come up with and share.



Here are a few of mine:

Tigress moth
gliding through air like a flower petal
bring me your desire of dancing
all day long.  (butterfly)

Freckled mushroom
hiding under my cucumber leaves like a rock
bring me your idle charm and love
of hide n' seek.  (toad)


wind globe
swaying in the sunshine like a graceful fairy
bring me your seeds of hope and desire to move
(dandelion)


This is an exercise from the book, "Poem Crazy" ~Susan Goldmsith Wooldridge

I love how just a simple play on words can alter the view~

11 comments:

Kerry O'Connor said...

This is a super idea, Ella! Thank you.

Ella said...

I will post on my blog later. I am sorry about the photos being out of order. I actually have a great toad photo, but was in a hurry this morning. My daughter had a dental procedure. We went school shopping and I just got home. Blogger gives me issues with my pics. Sometimes I can't see them, till I get on my husband's laptop. Thanks Kerry for the Linky ;D

Ella said...

I just posted an invite, on my blog to stop by. I shared another one of poetic takes on this prompt~

Philip Thrift said...

My thoughts were a little cloudy this morning.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

They're wonderful, Ella!

Poetic Soul said...

Will try as soon as I get my head straight

Kerry O'Connor said...

Thought I'd try one out in the box:

sandy star
you shine in deep water
I wish I knew the secret
of your silence
(starfish)

Laurie Kolp said...

Thanks to Ella for directing me to this blog!

Arlee Bird said...

That's an interesting exercise.


Lee
Tossing It Out

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Ella .. as Lee says - an interesting exercise ..

Cheers Hilary

Ella said...

Hi everyone; Nice of you to stop by~
Thanks for the kinds words and for taking time out of your busy day~xXx