Marileta Robinson

Archive for December, 2013

A Spider

I’ve never been one to kill spiders. It may have something to do with reading Charlotte’s Web. My attitude toward spiders in my house is “live and let live,” especially since they catch other bugs that might be less welcome. But my tolerance has its limits. I used¬† EXAGGERATION to imagine what animals I wouldn’t […]

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Buggy

As you might imagine, almost all of these poems are based on real-life observations. Writing a poem is a good way to deal with overwhelming experiences, and I was clearly overwhelmed by this insectivorous invasion. REPETITION is a good tool to use for emphasis; note the repetition of “bugs, bugs,” and “they’ve come, they’ve come, […]

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Limerick

LIMERICKS are fun to try. The rhythm goes something like this: (for lines 1, 2, and 5) da da DUM da da DUM da da DUM. (For lines 3 and 4) da da DUM da da DUM. It’s ok to drop or add a “da” at the beginning or end of a line, as I […]

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Unendangered

The TITLE plays an important part in your poem. It can catch the reader’s eye and make him or her decide to read your poem. It can also help get across the point of the poem. With so few words to work with, the title can be important real estate. So don’t just slap a […]

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Overachiever

This is a LIST POEM, the outrageous kind of list a dragon would keep.¬† What kind of list would a bear make before going to sleep for the winter? What kind of list would an astronaut make for “Things to Do on the Moon”? What kind of list would you like to make?  

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