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Poem Builder

The Poem Builder will show you 3 flip cards to help you build a poem.

  1. The first card reveals the subject of the poem, a spark to ignite the imagination.
  2. The second card suggests a poetic form, a structure within which to shape the words.
  3. And the third card offers a bounty of language, a treasure trove of words to be woven into the fabric of the poem.

Hover over each image below to reveal the choices:

Look below the flip cards for the poetic form definition and how-to.

Subject:

Write about:

The taste of a ripe, juicy peach

Poem Form:

In this format:

Antonymy Poem

Definition: An antonymy poem is a poem that uses opposite words or concepts to create tension and contrast in the poem. It may explore themes such as light and dark, hot and cold, love and hate through imagery and metaphor.

How-to: Learn to listen to the language. Look for words that seem to be opposites but also relate to your subject, allowing them to bring you to the heart of the matter. Entrust these words to speak for themselves, revealing the beauty and harshness, the light and the dark, the love and the loss that make up the complexity of our world. Let these words sing, for it is in their dance, in the play of antonyms, that we discover the magic and truth of our existence.

Bananagram Poem

Definition: A Bananagram poem is a form of poetry where words are arranged to form a grid, similar to the popular word game Bananagrams. The poem is composed by arranging the words in a cluster, creating a visual and conceptual connection between them, and often forming a shape or image.

How-to: Invite the unexpected into your words. Bananagram poems say goodbye to the traditional linear structure of poetry and embrace the wildness of language. Gather your words like ripe fruit, let them spill out onto the page, and rearrange them until they form a cluster, a web of meaning. Allow the words to connect, to overlap, to surprise you. Don't be afraid to let the poem take on a shape, an image, and let it reveal itself to you. A bananagram poem is an invitation to play with language, to let it dance and flow in unexpected ways. Let go of your preconceptions and let the words lead the way.

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Words:

Use these words:

  1. firefly
  2. hair
  3. apple
  4. fog
  5. shatter
  6. smoke
  7. gulp
  8. shadowed
  9. clever
  10. swollen

Antonymy Poem

Definition: An antonymy poem is a poem that uses opposite words or concepts to create tension and contrast in the poem. It may explore themes such as light and dark, hot and cold, love and hate through imagery and metaphor.

How-to: Learn to listen to the language. Look for words that seem to be opposites but also relate to your subject, allowing them to bring you to the heart of the matter. Entrust these words to speak for themselves, revealing the beauty and harshness, the light and the dark, the love and the loss that make up the complexity of our world. Let these words sing, for it is in their dance, in the play of antonyms, that we discover the magic and truth of our existence.

Bananagram Poem

Definition: A Bananagram poem is a form of poetry where words are arranged to form a grid, similar to the popular word game Bananagrams. The poem is composed by arranging the words in a cluster, creating a visual and conceptual connection between them, and often forming a shape or image.

How-to: Invite the unexpected into your words. Bananagram poems say goodbye to the traditional linear structure of poetry and embrace the wildness of language. Gather your words like ripe fruit, let them spill out onto the page, and rearrange them until they form a cluster, a web of meaning. Allow the words to connect, to overlap, to surprise you. Don't be afraid to let the poem take on a shape, an image, and let it reveal itself to you. A bananagram poem is an invitation to play with language, to let it dance and flow in unexpected ways. Let go of your preconceptions and let the words lead the way.