Poetry topic idea: importance

Today’s poetry topic idea is importance.  A poet could write about:

  • The disconnect between what a person says is important to them and what their actions show to be important to them.
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  • The idea of how importance is determined and how importance is ranked.
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  • The perception of importance.
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  • The disconnect between what is seen as having importance and what actually has importance.

Poetry topic idea: dream

Today’s poetry topic idea is dream.  A dream can be different things.  It could be an aspiration (e.g. a person dreams of owning their own business), it could be a fantasy (e.g. a person dreams of living on another planet), it could be a story imagined during the day (i.e. a daydream) and it could be something a person subconsciously imagines at night.

Some poetry ideas using dream might be where a poet writes a poem:

  • About a dream (as in the kind at night) that they had.
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  • In the style of a night dream, using imagery and symbolism.
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  • About their dream (as in aspiration).
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  • About an unrealistic dream (a fantasy aspiration).
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  • About a daydream. They could connect it or contrast it to reality.

Poetry topic idea: escaping

Today’s poetry topic idea is escaping.  There are different ways to apply the idea of escaping in a poem.  A person could write about:

  • A person escaping something harsh, like captivity.
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  • A person escaping something mundane, like a boring meeting.
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  • The idea of a vacation as an escape.
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  • Escaping in a light fashion, like someone escaping from a date that isn’t going well.
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  • Escaping from different points of view, such as the person escaping or a person who might not want that person to escape (e.g. a prisoner and a prison guard).
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  • Escaping metaphorically, like a person escaping a way of thinking.

Poetry topic idea: food poisoning

Today’s poetry topic idea is food poisoning.  There are a number of ways this could be worked into a poem.  Some include poems about:

  • The effects of food poisoning. A poet could write what it is like to suffer from the effects.
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  • Food poisoning that occurs because of negligence. For example, a poet could write about a lax food preparation worker.
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  • Food poisoning that occurs because of intent. A poet could write about someone intentionally poisoning someone else with food.
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  • A broad view of the phrase “food poisoning”. A poet could write about food that is unhealthy (for example, because of too much cholesterol) or unsafe (for example, because of pesticide residue), but is not considered food poisoning in the sense that it isn’t food that has a bacteria that causes illness.

Poetry topic idea: distraction

Today’s poetry topic idea is distraction.  There are different ways the idea could be worked into poetry.

A poet could write about being distracted.  They could write about trying to do one thing while other things compete for their attention.  The other things could be external, like another person in the room wanting something, or internal, in that the person is distracted because they are thinking about something.

A poet could write about one person distracting another person.  One person might distract another for various reasons.  Maybe someone is trying to steal from someone else, and so they distract them so they can do so.  Maybe a person is trying to get someone not to see something, like the mess in another room, and so they distract them so they won’t notice it.  There are other ideas.

As another idea, a poet could try to write a poem in a situation in which they are distracted.  For example, a poet who has trouble focusing when there is noise around, could try to write a poem in a noisy place.  The idea would be to see what result there is.

Poetry topic idea: illusion

Today’s poetry topic idea is illusion.  Some ways this idea could be used in poetry include poems about:

  • Magic tricks that involve illusions.
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  • A person acting one way, but really being or feeling another (ex. They seemed happy, but it was an illusion).
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  • Some sort of misdirection (ex. The safe was empty, and the money was in a box marked ‘junk’).
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  • Some sort of misconception (ex. A person was under an illusion about a situation).

Poetry topic idea: transition of roles

Today’s poetry topic idea is about the transition of roles.  Think of the transition from being a student to a teacher, or an interviewee to an interviewer, or a child to a parent.  There are many instances in life when people are in one role in a type of situation, and later on, they are in the opposite role.  The idea of the poetry topic idea is to examine the different roles and the relationship between them.  A poet could write about:

  • Transitioning from one role to another (e.g. the poet could write about being a student in a class and then, at some later time, being a teacher in a class)
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  • The perspective of on role of another (e.g. a poet could write about how an interviewee (the one getting interviewed) views an interviewer (the one interviewing))
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  • The reflection of someone in a later role on what someone in the previous role is feeling (e.g. a poet could write about how a parent views their child from the perspective of how they themselves were as a child and how this reflection informs how they feel)
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  • A detachment of the someone in a later role to someone in a previous role (e.g. a poet could write about a teacher who has forgotten what it was like to be a student and does things that students in the class don’t like, that they themselves wouldn’t have liked, such as giving an assignment over a break period)

Poetry topic idea: mirror

Today’s poetry topic idea is mirror.  A mirror can be used in poetry in a number of ways.  Some ideas include using a mirror:

  • To show an alternate universe or as a portal as might be done in science fiction or fantasy.
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  • As a way to discuss issues of body image.
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  • As a way to show vanity.
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  • As a way to show self-reflection (on an emotional, life examining level).
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  • As a way to show the true self of a person, as might be done in fantasy fiction.

Poetry topic idea: laundry

Today’s poetry topic idea is laundry.  Laundry can be used in many significant ways in poetry.  Some examples include poems about:

  • A wife finding another woman’s clothes in her husband’s laundry
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  • An overworked maid doing laundry
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  • The conditions for workers at dry cleaners
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  • A person with a physical disability trying to do their laundry
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  • Various symbolic things that happen when laundry is done – for example, that clothes are separated by color and type

Poetry topic idea: birthdays

Today’s poetry topic idea is birthdays.  Birthdays are a very special day where a person is given extra positive attention, at least theoretically.  Birthdays can also turn out to be not so good.

In yesterday’s post, there was a poem about a not so good birthday.  Other examples that might be used in poetry might be birthdays where:

  • no one comes to a person’s party
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  • a person is a victim of a practical joke on their birthday by their supposed friends
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  • a person is a victim of a crime or other significant negative event on their birthday
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  • a person experiences some kind of social drama on their birthday. For example, a person they don’t like shows up at their party or they get something that looks like a gift, but is really something meant to hurt their feelings.

Looking at birthdays that fulfill their positive potential, a poet could write about:

  • a person who was cured of an illness getting to another birthday
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  • a birthday where a person is actually given extra positive attention all day
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  • a birthday where a person gets a gift that brings them to tears of joy
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  • a birthday where a person does something they always wanted to do