Journaling Exercise: Poet for the Day

 

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When was the last time you read a poem? If you can’t recall, or if it was before last month, then your first assignment is to read a poem. 

Any poem. Just google poem, and you will have tons of choices. Here are some of my favourites: 

The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost 

He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven by W. B. Yeats

Make sure you read the poem out loud. Feel the words. When you read a poem the way it’s supposed to be read (follow the punctuation marks), you will respond to it emotionally and physically. That is the power of written word, and the beauty of poems. 

Now, here is your main assignment:

For one day, write in your journal through poetry. You don’t have to get technical and create perfect Haikus. Your lines don’t have to rhyme. Just write a poem, without thinking too much. Write through instinct, and don’t worry if it doesn’t sound like a masterpiece. 

This assignment is not about creating publishable poetry. It’s about incorporating a different medium in your journals, and about flexing your creative muscles. 

If you wish, feel free to send the poems you write either in the comments here, or by emailing them to me: dolly [at] kaizenjournaling [dot] com

 

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2 Responses to “Journaling Exercise: Poet for the Day”

  1. Ciara Conlon May 12, 2013 at 19:41 # Reply

    A year ago I bought a book by the Chilean poet Pablo Neruda. As I speak Spanish I wanted to prove to myself I was capable of understanding the poetry in Spanish as well as English but i struggled with the Spanish and got bored. This assignment has encouraged me to take up the book and read his poetry in English so that i can absorb it for what it is and not a challenge for my language skills!

    • Dolly Garland May 30, 2013 at 01:34 # Reply

      Ciara,

      That’s fabulous. I would love to know how your attempt goes. :-) Keep trying. This is not supposed to be a publishable poetry. It’s about tapping into your inner poet.

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