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.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Sunday Mini-Challenge ~ In Other Words

It's the third weekend of the month, and time to try our hands once again at substituting our own words into the titles of novels, and spinning a few threads of thought into poetry.

The novels I have chosen for this mini-challenge are:

The World According to Garp by John Irving, published in 1978, the book was a bestseller for several years and the paperback edition won the National Book Award for Fiction in 1980.

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The role of Garp was played by Robin Williams in the movie adaptation of 1982. It was the first time I saw him on screen and was so moved by his performance that I went out and bought the novel, and now own every novel written by Irving.

AND

Love in the Time of Cholera, a novel by Nobel Prize-winning Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez, first published in Spanish in 1985.

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The book was also adapted into a movie starring Jarvier Bardem, in 2007.

Our Challenge: 

Select either of the titles and substitute your own words in the place of those indicated below, and write a new poem under the title you have created.

1. The World According to _________

2. Love in the Time of _____________

In addition, you may substitute a word of your own choice for either the word "World" or the word "Love". (E.g. The Sea According to Sinbad)

Link up your poem, and visit the other participants' blogs to see what innovative words and ideas they have chosen. Have fun!


9 comments:

Magaly Guerrero said...

Kerry, you always come up with the best prompts. Love in the Time of Cholera is one my favorite titles by Gabriel García Márquez.

Björn Rudberg said...

I just had a poem lying almost ready where Garp fitted perfectly.. I'm heading of to bed.. but will come back and read in the morning.

manicddaily said...

Kerry-- I love these prompts. A great way to get myself moving again. I have two possibly. One feels terribly complicated and probably impenetrable. The other, I don't know. Anyway, see if I can get them up. Thanks, as always, for the inspiration. K.

manicddaily said...

Kerry-- I love these prompts. A great way to get myself moving again. I have two possibly. One feels terribly complicated and probably impenetrable. The other, I don't know. Anyway, see if I can get them up. Thanks, as always, for the inspiration. K.

Hannah said...

Thank you, Kerry!

I have two and a half packed-full days so most likely I'll be back around to read by late Tuesday afternoon.

Happy weekend poetic peeps. :)

Sumana Roy said...

A great prompt Kerry...posted mine :)

Fireblossom said...

I went to Netflix to get "Garp" but they didn't have it! Phooey.

Kerry O'Connor said...

Poets, your titles alone have kept me smiling. What a creative bunch you are!

Susie Clevenger said...

Sorry I am so late Kerry. My mind has been so filled with my oldest, Dawn.