Poetry topic idea: Shoes

Today’s post is about the poetry topic idea shoes.

Before reading about the idea, please vote for next week’s poem series subject.    You can read about it, as well as vote, on this past Monday’s post page.

Shoes are interesting for poetry, because while a common item, they can help signify setting and mood with their many different aspects.  Although they can be a topic of a poem all by themselves, they can also be used as a small part in a poem to inform the reader of the setting and provide background information as well as create a mood.

For example, consider type of shoe.  A poem that starts with someone walking out of their house wearing jogging shoes, will be different than a poem that starts with someone walking out of their house wearing high heels.

Additionally, the condition of the shoes can help inform the reader of the tone of the poem.  If shoes are described as torn and worn, it will create a different impression than if they are described as clean and new.

Color is also an important consideration that can be used.  A person in a poem wearing bright yellow shoes could have a different set of emotions than someone wearing dull gray shoes.

In addition to these aspects, as well as possibly others, shoes also have size, age and gender qualities that can be used to impart information in a poem.

Here is an example poem that uses shoes to impart information and set mood:

 scraping the dirt off,
 on the entryway’s rug,
 she dropped her work boots,
 next to his polished dress shoes

Again, as a note, please vote for next week’s poem series subject.  The five subjects to choose from are: Dogs, Poems using the Tanka form, Eyes, Yesterday and Cure.  See this past Monday’s post to vote.

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