Template poems

  1. 1.      You don’t have to be a poet
  2. 2.      Take a poem*
  3. 3.      Re-write each line with your own words
  4. 4.      You can use overwrite function on Microsoft Word (press “Ins”)
  5. 5.      Or write in between the lines of your template
  6. 6.      Keeping any rhymes is optional
  7. 7.      Delete the original template
  8. 8.      Tweak what you have written to suit how you think you want it to sound/read
  9. 9.      There is no right and wrong
  10. 0.  You don’t have to be a poet

* you don’t even have to use a poem – you can “create a poem by taking prose and inserting “breathing spaces” (i.e. pressing return in strategic places) so that:
Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him.  He began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing”. (Luke 4:20-21)
Then he rolled up the scroll
Gave it back to the attendant
And
Sat down
The eyes of everyone
In the synagogue
Were fastened
On him
He began
By saying to them
Today
This scripture
Is fulfilled
In your hearing
Another short example (rhymes preserved):


Twinkle, twinkle little star
How I wonder what you are
Up above the world so high
Like a diamond in the sky
Twinkle, twinkle little star
How I wonder what you are
Twinkle, twinkle little star
Twinkle, twinkle chocolate bar
How I wonder what you are
My mum drives a rusty car
Up above the world so high
Turn on the engine, pull back the choke
Like a diamond in the sky
Off she goes in a cloud of smoke
Twinkle, twinkle little star
Twinkle, twinkle chocolate bar
How I wonder what you are

My mum drives a rusty car

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