Children play word games to improve vocabulary, video games to learn problem-solving and hand-eye coordination, and sports to learn teamwork. Not that they think of it quite this way. Games are growth tools, disguised as fun.
Games can help us grow and improve our poetry, too.
The video game, Elegy for a Dead World was created to encourage players to write prose and poetry while they explore three worlds inspired by the British Romantic era poets: Percy Bysshe Shelley, John Keats, and Lord Byron.
- Shelley’s World is based on the poem, Ozymandias.
- Byron’s World, based on the poem, Darkness.
- Keats’ World, based on When I Have Fears That I May Cease to Be.
The game creators say:
Each world offers multiple sets of prompts, each intended to inspire you to write a different story about it. Elegy might ask you to write a short story about an individual’s final days, a song about resignation, or a poem about war.”
Once you’ve completed your story, song, or poem, you can either share it with other players or copy it in digital or print media to keep for yourself. Game available for purchase here.
Magnetic Poetry is a popular novelty kit which has helped make poetry accessible by inspiring people to create brief poems from a collection of word magnets. Every visit to the refrigerator has poetic possibility. There’s also an online version. For this prompt visit the magnetic poetry website, click the poetry set of your choice and have fun creating a poem from the words provided. Take a screen shot or copy the words to your poem and post your masterpiece in the comment section below.
Thanks to everyone who participated in last week’s poetry prompt. Here is a haiku from Laura we enjoyed:
Once we played Yahtzee
on the porch during a storm.
Thunder rolled like dice.
Photo by martinak15. Creative Commons via Flickr.
How to Write a Poem uses images like the buzz, the switch, the wave—from the Billy Collins poem “Introduction to Poetry”—to guide writers into new ways of writing poems. Excellent teaching tool. Anthology and prompts included.
“How to Write a Poem is a classroom must-have.”
—Callie Feyen, English Teacher, Maryland