The definition of advice reads: “guidance or recommendations concerning prudent future action, typically given by someone regarded as knowledgeable or authoritative.” There are times when we can benefit from sound advice. We know the internet has changed the way we interact with each other, and it has also changed the way we receive advice. For most of the 20th century, newspapers were the typical advice-column medium. While traditional staples like Dear Abby and Ask Amy remain, other, newer columns have proliferated across the Internet to cater to a wide diversity of readers. Years have passed and advice-giving is just as popular as ever.
What’s the best advice you ever received? Sometimes the right words are a lot like tools to make life a little easier. If you could go back in time and speak to your 12-year old self, what might you say?
Write a poem addressed to your 12-year old self. What kind of sound advice and common sense will you impart? Will you warn of the pitfalls of life? Cheer on the mistakes yet to come? Tell the words your young self needs to hear…with poetry.
Thanks to everyone who participated in last week’s poetry prompt. Here’s a poem from Monica we enjoyed:
Photo by Eduardo Diez Viñuela. 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