For today’s poetry prompt, we will try a focused free-write.
What is a focused free-write, you say?
A focused free-write is when you free-write, in longhand, with a particular passage – or in this case poem – in mind.
And if you’re not sure what it is to “free-write,” it simply means to write non-stop without lifting your pen or pencil or stopping to make any corrections to grammar, spelling, or punctuation, for a set period of time not to exceed 20 minutes.
The idea is to get your good ideas down on paper and capture your inspired thinking.
The focus of today’s free-write is Emily Dickinson’s poem “Hope is the thing with feathers,” which I discussed in an earlier blog post. The poem reads as follows:
Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul
And sings the tune without the words
And never stops at all,
And sweetest in the gale is heard;
And sore must be the storm
That could abash the little bird
That kept so many warm.
I’ve heard it in the chillest land
And on the strangest sea;
Yet, never, in extremity
It asked a crumb of me.
Your free-write can focus on any image or line from the poem or perhaps on the abstract idea of hope itself.
Later, see if you can lift a line or two from your free-write and generate a poem draft.
Good luck, have fun, and write on.
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