The raccoon is being used in this poem like a cardboard cutout, a mere prop allowing for a display of poetic cleverness. The cardboard cutout and Disnefying of the raccoon is a fascinating observation, Larry. You be the judge where the line is drawn. All poetry written by Ruth Gillis is copyrighted and may not be used in any way without written permission from the author herself, whether it is found on this site or any other. Consider what function the title fulfills: Does the poet use it to set the tone, as exposition or background, or to accomplish some other purpose? The problem is that the more you use a unique turn of phrase, the less unique it seems.
Poems about Life We are the sum of experiences that we encounter as we go through life. Wear Out Your Phrasing I often see a super catchy title that draws me in to read a poem, only to see that title repeated sometimes often in the poem itself. Meet me in a minimalist poem, where we can wear —L. Long Walk to Freedom Nelson Mandela 4. Focus on any verbs or adjectives that stand out to you in the poem and highlight them in the title. I ssuggest that is why so many current poems seem trivial and frivolous.
Find an image that feels important in the poem and use it in the title so your reader is encouraged to keep reading. The tiniest choice that we make reverberates throughout the entire universe. This article was co-authored by. The Forest of Hands and Teeth, Carrie Ryan This title is actually why I first picked up the book. Call it what you will. Further or Support Intent Poems are short; we have no space to waste. Clichés and melodramatic phrases are the fastest way to put off a reader and spoil an otherwise solid poem.
The Measure of a Man Sidney Poitier 32. Who Will Run the Frog Hospital? Using a playful tone for a poem that is serious or mysterious, for example, can throw off the reader and make it difficult for them to get into the subject matter of the poem. I don't have a lot of time to write, working two jobs, but I am doing the ten-minute exercise with each lesson, and each evening, trying to get in the habit of sitting myself down to write. But, every poet should keep a copy of The Hobbit handy, for reading aloud. And I even tried writing a poem like that myself using the title as the last line.
This is probably a big reason for its popularity and longevity. A Book Desi Arnaz 49. One thing led to masked robbers and it turned into a good opportunity to check in on our hapless raccoon, the subject of a previous Facebook-dared poem about roadkill. Patrick's Day poem by William J. There are so many things I like about it -- from the opening, simple quote from Neruda to the closing themes of birth, quiet, and thanks.
Keep the poetry ideas flowing Don't let the creativity stop! Edwards by Helen Dowd by Shirley Guilhas by Joy Butler A Christmas poem by Helen Dowd A Christmas poem by Madison Gillis My granddaughter by Sarah Gillis My granddaughter Good Poems Good poems are like the rain, misting like a spring drizzle, creating peaceful images. Such poetic impotence earns him the loss of his lover, but creates excellent opportunities for him to riff on Sara Teasdale and the nature of poetry in general as well as consider a career in carpentry. Some, I see, find it troubling. The between the large African mammal and the Roman Catholic Church. If this is not an imagined scene, one hopes the raccoon managed to escape being hit, or the driver stopped or swerved in time to avoid the raccoon.
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Maya Angelou 17. I do love your evaluation of the poem otherwise. You want something that hints at the theme or unifying thread of the collection - this should preferably intrigue your readers at the same time. Titling the poem Poetry Slam or Roadkill produces a change in tone significant enough that, though both are brilliant I think , it could be argued you have two different poems. Those at the bottom are wince-inducing. And I Raised My Hand in Return hanging from a tree by its hind legs, and a Gypsy was pulling the skin off with a pair of pliers which he waved to me in greeting.
I can't wait for the next email. The October Country, Ray Bradbury 8. With the exception of number 9 on this list, which is from , all poems are available in. Do rhyming lines make a poem? Paragraphs and line breaks a poem do not make. I saw a poem that was not frivolous at all; thus, the alternate titling. Just Farr Fun Jamie Farr 68. It should be said up front that not all of these title options will work for you or your poem.