Above is an artwork that is a rough outline of a dog. It can inspire poetry. Here is a poem inspired by it:
did he look like
when he moved?
so many years.
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Today’s poetry topic idea is nostalgia. A poet could use this idea in different ways. A poet could:
- Write about something nostalgic. It could be a food, a television show, a song, a tradition or something else.
- Write about the moment something becomes nostalgic. Given certain qualities, there is a certain amount of time that must past before something becomes nostalgic. This amount of time varies depending on circumstances. Whatever it is for a particular thing, a poet could write about the moment something makes a transition and becomes nostalgic.
- The change in view of something nostalgic. When things are looked back upon nostalgically, they can look better than they were at the time they happened. A poet could write about this idea. They might write about how something is viewed when it occurs and contrast that with how it is viewed years later.
- Write about the qualities of something nostalgic. Rather than write about something that is nostalgic, a poet could explore the qualities that something nostalgic has. A poet could apply these qualities to different ideas.
Here is an example poem using the idea nostalgia:
Watching the show,
from thirty years ago,
wait, wait, he’s going to say …
Above is an artwork of a Forelle pear. It can inspire poetry. A poet could write about:
- Pears. A poet could go in the obvious direction and write about the fruit.
- Pairs. A poet could go in the direction of a play on words.
- Lack of detail. This artwork lacks detail. A poet could apply the idea of lack of detail to situations in life and use that in poetry.
- Something using words that rhyme with pear. A number of words rhyme with pear and a poet could write a poem using those rhyming words. Some of the words that rhyme with pear are: bear, care, chair, dare, fair, fare, flare, glare, hair, hare, mare, pair, pare, rare, stair, stare, tare, tear, wear, and ware.
Here is a poem inspired by the artwork:
the picture of her
within his mind
Flowers that were planted some place in the past,
put there for a time thought not to last,
and yet one day before the even time,
from the dark they came up fast,
and though there was no memory they still did climb,
silently like a mime,
right through forgetfulness that was cast.
(29/40) Experimental Poetry Form: Seven lines, random syllables counts, and a rhyming pattern