Wednesday, April 18, 2012


Write a list poem of ice cream flavors.

A list poem will usually have an introduction and conclusion to give a reason for the list. Generally list poems don't rhyme, but the inspiration for this prompt has rhyming couplets of flavors. So try generating a list of flavors (like berry and cherry) that rhyme before enhancing them. It will help the flow and maintain interest if there's a pattern with periodic surprises. Often the last item will feel like a conclusions being particularly exceptional or tying the items together.

Inspired by Jack Prelutsky's Bleezer's Ice Cream.  Bruce Lansky has written the amusing How to Write a "What Bugs Me" List Poem and How to Write "A Lunch for your Teacher" Poem for kids.

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