Post Series: Advent: Poetry topic idea: Advent

Today’s poetry topic idea is Advent.  This matches the theme of this post series.  A poet could write about a number of things related to Advent.  They could write about:

  • An observance of the time.
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  • Anticipation of Christmas.
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  • Special days during Advent.
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  • Religious observance during Advent.
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  • Preparations for Christmas during Advent.

Here is an example poem using the idea of Advent:

forty days each year
it’s an opportunity
don’t let it pass by

Poetry topic idea: aluminum cans

Today’s poetry topic idea is aluminum cans.  There are a number of ways a poet can use aluminum cans in poetry.  Some ideas include writing about:

  • The different beverages that can be in aluminum cans.
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  • Recycling.
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  • The idea that the fluid in aluminum cans, once opened, is only good for a short amount of time.
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  • Fragility mixed with strength. Aluminum cans are fragile, in the sense that they can be easily crushed.  They are strong though because they can bear a relatively large amount of weight.
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  • Preservation.
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  • Mining.
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  • Cans

Here is an example poem using the idea of fragility mixed with strength from aluminum cans:

seventy hours
collapsing on the sofa
a long week at work

Poem with an explanation: flying through the walk

sparrows fly each day
ten hours across the field
turtles look and walk

 

This poem is about ease and difficulty.

For some people, certain things are very easy.  They do them effortlessly.  For other people, those same certain things are hard.  With great difficulty they accomplish their goal.

In this poem, the sparrows do something easily.  The sparrows fly.  This is nothing to them and they do it each day.

The turtles though find traveling hard.  It takes them ten hours to cross a field.  This is contrasted with the speed and ease of the sparrows’ travel.  The turtles notice this and continue.  They accept their situation although it weighs upon them.

The idea of the poem is to show a human feeling with animals.  This situation can often come up in life.  A person can struggle to do something, and then see someone else do it effortlessly.  Seeing this, the person feels worse about their situation.  They feel their lack of ability is amplified.

This poem is a 5-7-5 haiku.  The second two lines go together.