poetry prompts


Writing Prompt Thursday: An Ancient Challenge from Poets & Writers

Ruminate on the following lines by Greek poet Aeschylus: "Even in our sleep, pain which cannot forget / falls drop by drop upon the heart, / until, in our own despair, / against our will, / comes wisdom / through the awful grace of God."

Use these lines as the epigraph to a poem. Once you've finished the poem, delete the epigraph.

Writing Prompt Thursday: Playing with Fire

Today's prompt is modified from Brian A. Klems's prompt in Writer's Digest:

You come across a pack of matches that sets off a series of uncanny events. Start your poem with “My mother always told me not to play with fire.”

Writing Prompt Thursday: Poetry Prompts for Fall

Today's poetry prompts are from WritingForward.com and are designed to generate poems about fall.

Below, you’ll find three lists of words. Your task is to compose a poem using all of the words from one of the lists. You can also get creative any use any of the following alternatives:

Writing Prompt Thursday: The Truth

This writing prompt is inspired by creativewritingprompts.com (#58). Courtesy of Heather Simons.

A drunk man sits next to you in a bar and starts confessing "the truth." Write a poem that embodies or narrates "the truth," or write a poem from your perspective as the listener.



Writing Prompt Thursday: Two Fun Prompts from Poets & Writers


The Write Now poetry prompt on August 8 was a great exercise for the imagination:

Find a map—of the Earth, the United States, or your home state or city—or visit Google Maps, pick a town at random, and write a poem about daybreak in that specific location, inventing any pertinent details.

And the prompt the next week on August 15 continued the challenge:

Poem of the Week: "A Breath of Air" by James Wright

This week's featured poem comes with a writing prompt. #bonus
Courtesy of Heather Simons, Program Manager for PEN in the Classroom.

A Breath of Air
by James Wright