Animate is a poetry prompt that focuses on speaking as if we are a particular object or thing. This time, we’re speaking as bears & beasts.
Prompt Guidelines and Options
1. Speak in the first person.
2. Be specific. Think nouns instead of adjectives.
3. Consider where you—a bear or a beast—are located, or where you came from, or where you are going. Or, speak as if you have a special desire or concern: maybe you are hungry, missing something, afraid of a sight or sound, in love with another beast that is like you or not like you (a bear falling in love with a honey bee!). Be creative. Any type of situation is fair game.
4. Consider doing a little research about the bear or the beast you will speak as: folklore, history, associated words, music, art, sculpture, architecture, fashion, science, constellations, and so on. Look for unusual details, so you can speak convincingly and intriguingly about yourself.
That’s it! We look forward to hearing you speak poetically, from the viewpoint of bears & beasts.
Thanks to everyone who participated in last week’s poetry prompt. Here is a reverse cinquain from Maureen we enjoyed:
Photo by Lauren Elyse Lynskey. 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