What Is Personification and why should I care?
Answer These Questions:
- Write three colors: such as crimson, ebony, sage
- Write three vivid verbs or vibrant action words: such as accelerate, cycle, creep
- Write three sounds: such as gasp, crumple, hiss
- Write three materials: such as foil, tissue, rock
- Write three heart emotions: Example: fear, anger, confusion (Do not use a body feeling such as hunger or cold.)
colors: olive, charcoal, magenta
verbs (can add “ing” for variety): spiraling, screeching, plowing
sounds (can add “ing”): whisper, echo, clanging
materials: cement, burlap, silk
heart emotions: love, loneliness, joy
Directions for Writing Your Own Poem
Remember to imagine that your emotion is alive and human (but not a specific person). Use the words you have listed to write a letter to your emotion.
If you could corner your emotion in a room, what would you ask of it?
Tell your emotion how you experience it.
If your emotion were a landscape, what would it be?
If your emotion were a creature, what would it be?
If your emotion were a character, what would he or she wear?
What color eyes would he or she have?
etc, etc, etc…
Play with the shape of your poem or the line breaks.
Be sure and Title your poem
Here is an example of the scaffolding for your poem:
I can't wait to experience what you write!
Audio & Video Inspiration
My One and One
If you were cornered in a charcoal room
and could not cloud the empty sky
I would pick you up like an echo
and let you sing
your clanging song
across the landscape of my skin
past the rivers of loneliness, mountains of regret
shorelines of adoration
into the olive ripe valleys of this moment
peacocks screeching, plowing their expression
with lightening tongues
willing to slip past the cement of loss
climb the magenta rise of sun
follow the new day
past the cypress trees
and the indelible faces
I once knew everything about
oh love, why don’t you
let your silk thoughts
spiral beyond the burlap
and whisper your honey
back into being