Model Assignments

Below you'll find some examples of a few of the types of poems we'll be writing this semester, starting with samples of student group poems -- like the ones we'll be writing together during the first weeks of class. You might look through the similes and metaphors, paying attention to which are your favorites, and why. (The extra line-spacings in these were added by me.)


Loneliness is a rock on a glacier
Loneliness is being different instead of unique
Loneliness is empty, colorless, bleak.

Loneliness is a table with three legs
Loneliness is a single flame burning in a darkened room
Loneliness is a single tear in a crowd of laughter.

5:00 pm is like traffic hour
5:00 pm is the time for chillin'
5:00 pm is swimming in the river
Just kickin' it
5:00 pm is the best time for a snack
5:00 pm is nothin' but vodka on the rocks

Anger is like a magnificent thunderstorm
Anger is like a pot of boiling water
Anger is like the sun's scorching rays beating on your head
Anger is like a drop of plutonium spreads its heat throughout red brick.

Anger is what is left after love is gone.


As we will discuss in class, if the meaning of a word is its "mind," its body is made up of the sounds; the musicality of vowels is shown best in the following Yeats poem.

The Lake Isle of Innisfree

I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree,
And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made:
Nine bean-rows I will have there, a hive for the honeybee,
And live alone in the bee-loud glade.

And I will have some peace there, for peace comes dropping slow,
Dropping from the veils of the morning to where the cricket sings;
There midnight's all aglimmer, and noon a purple glow,
And evening full of the linnet's wings.

I will arise and go now, for always night and day
I hear lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore;
While I stand on the roadway, or on the pavement's grey,
I hear it in the deep heart's core.

- William Butler Yeats