Monday, May 24, 2010

Found Poetry

Sometimes it's fun, even essential, to do something that has absolutely NOTHING to do with your current novel project in order to get the creative embers stoked. One such exercise is "Found" poetry, which takes words and phrases from other pieces of literature in order to create something new.

Here's an example I created using snippets from the Bible:

A Word Fitly Spoken (Proverbs 25:11)

Therefore Sarah laughed within herself (Genesis 18:12)
Oh that my words were now written!
Oh that they were printed in a book! (Job 19:23-24)

The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places (Psalms 16:6)
Words to the end of the world (Psalms 19:4)
And it was in my mouth as honey for sweetness (Ezekiel 3:3)
As certain also of your poets have said. (Acts 17:28)

*You can also mix and match your own original work with other literature if you prefer.

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