Painting in Poetry: Prompts for 11th and 12th Graders

  • Paint a portrait with poetry. Capture a person in formal setting (static image surrounded by symbols of person) or informal setting doing a mundane task (movement) or doing something they love or something obligatory.
  • Write a Cento poem by collecting and juxtaposing lines written by other poets (from poetry journal or class anthology (collection of original poems written by students).
  • Write a Cento poem and then write a blackout art poem using the Cento poem as a center of origin.
  • Write a poem with dark/light motif.
  • Write a poem in which auditory and tactile imagery are the predominant images.
  • Write an extended metaphor poem of season — primarily in tactile and olfactory imagery
  • Take up a poetry journal, turn to a page with the digit 5 in it ,and select 5 words to integrate into a poem.
  • Write a dramatic lyric or narrative poem grounded in a childhood memory.
  • Write a dramatic poem drawing on fairytale, myth, or legend characterization and don the mask of that character.
  • Select a line from a class anthology poem and begin an original poem.
  • Write a blackout art poem working from a page in a popular journal.
  • Write an original poem about water and light in nature and then cull images for a second poem, a haiku, from the initial poem.
  • Select 5 paintings from among Monet Water Lilies and write a haiku collage (5 haiku) — placement on the page and juxtaposing haiku are part of the process.
  • Write a collaborative poem with one other student, alternating voices by culling from one original poem that is wholly complete.
  • Cull a fragment of a recorded dream from your sourcebook and write a poem
  • Cull from your sourcebook and write a poem.
  • Use your curated objects on your Pinterest board (e-sourcebook) for a source that inspires a poem.
  • Write a poem that explores motion in people or objects.  See Cartier Bresson photo of man on bicycle.
  • Write an ode to a beloved person.
  • Write a mimesis poem using Dickinson’s “I dreaded that first, Robin, so.”
  • Write a dramatic poem exclusively in dialogue.
  •  Imagine a night without day in auditory and tactile and olfactory imagery
  •  Explore the theme of joy in solitude — think Thoreau.
  •  Write a blackout poem from one page of Poe’s “The Fall of the House of Usher”
  •  Picture an object from your bedside table or dresser and have that be an anchor image in a poem.
  •  Select a favorite poem and write a mimesis poem.
  •  Select a favorite poem and delete every other line: you fill in the missing lines.
  •  Integrate alliteration and assonance into a poem about experiencing sunset in the woods or in the streets of a city
  •  Create a haiku collage by scavenging among some of your other poems.
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