Poetry topic idea: lying

Today’s poetry topic idea is lying (saying something that isn’t true).  There are different ways a poet could incorporate lying into a poem.  Below are some ideas.  A poet could write a poem:

  • With a character lying to another character. In this instance, for the effect to be known, the reader should know the character is lying.  The other character or characters in the poem might not.
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  • With a lie as humor, satire or sarcasm. The idea is that the lie would be obvious to the reader, and as such, intended to make a point.
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  • With a voice of someone lying. They could write a poem where one person lies to another, but only the voice of the lying person is shown.  They could write the poem as if the person was trying to sound believable.  An example situation might be where a person is unfaithful to their spouse and they lie about something they did.  A poet could write what the unfaithful spouse says in a standalone sense such that only their words come through.  They might write the poem without any explanatory statements.  How what they say is viewed would be left up to the reader.
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  • Where a character gets caught in a lie.
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  • About their own experience in being lied to.
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  • About their own experience when they have lied.
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  • About the idea of lying in politics, business or the media.