Dickens' writing style is florid and poetic, with a strong comic touch.
Did you know Charles Dickens developed his characters, by using symbols. Yes, he shared many details of a character's humble abode. In these details, he developed his character's personality and traits. Miss Havisham of "Great Expectations" comes to mind.
When, I think of Miss Havisham, I can see wild grown weeds, her lavish home, and how her home was in disarray. Dickens show us with hints: "Miss Havisham's house, which was of old brick, and dismal, and had a great many iron bar to it. Some of the windows had been walled up; of those that remained, all the lower were rustily barred. There was a courtyard in front, and that was barred, so we had to wait, after ringing the bell, until some one should come to open it.... We went into the house by a side door, the great front entrance had two chains across it outside,-and the first thing I noticed was, the passages were all dark, and that she had left a candle burning there.... But I saw that everything within my view which ought to be white, had been white long ago, and had lost its lustre and was faded and yellow."
I think of her perhaps having a split personality and being socially withdrawn. Dickens' style was noted by a term called Dickensian.
I want you to write a Dickens inspired poem. If you want to follow through in English form, then by all means write a sonnet. I would be thrilled, but it is not required.
Please make your character vivid and share a lot of details about their home, what it looks like, sounds like, smells like, etc. And here is the twist, yes an Oliver Twist, lol. You will write a poem about the home of another Toad! Let's try to highlight key elements that we love about this Toad member. Where do you imagine this poet lives?! I do not what you to share, until the following morning who you have written about. Let's have fun visiting each others' homes and guessing who the Toad is! I know you can do florid and poetic, but let's also add a bit of comedy~ Yes, do several and have fun! If anyone feels left out-email me. I plan on writing more than three. ;D It will be a marathon day for me. I have a post at Poets United, here and also am part of IWSG=Insecure Writer's Support Group! Yes, I will be playing Leap Frog, lol. I have great expectations and look forward to your poems~