Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Rain is like a cemetery

raingravestone.jpgFor today's poetry warm up compare opposites.

Begin with a comparison that is opposite, for example, a big thing and a little thing: "An elephant is like a mouse" or two things that seem not alike: "Rain is like a cemetery" and then explore how they're alike. You can begin with one comparison and explore that in the rest of the poem, or use many comparisons in the poem following each with a one line exploration.

Here's an example of the second:
An elephant is like a mouse,
for they are grey with active noses.

Rain is like a cemetery,
for they are a times restful and at times saddening.
From Wishes, Lies, and Dreams: Teaching children to write poetry by Kenneth Koch.

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