Day 6 ~ How to write an “Eleven Line Autobiographical Poem” for #NationalPoetryMonth - "30 poems in 30 days"
So we are off to a really good start with poetry month. What do you say we get to know each other a little better?
Today we will be writing an “Eleven Line Autobiographical Poem.”
It’s pretty easy in that it is basically a “fill-in-the-blank” poem, but it can be hard too because there is a certain amount of vulnerability inherent in this poem. SO, if you have personal reasons, legal reasons, anxiety reasons, etc. you can make it about a fictional person or if you are a writer, you can make it about a character in your book or if you are a reader, you could write about one of your favorite characters – but please indicate it is fictional so we don’t think those things are YOUR traits! LOL!!
But, if you are game – tell us about yourself. (You can always do this poetry form and just keep it for yourself and/or posterity. If you belong to our private FB group then, you should probably feel comfortable sharing these things about yourself there in the group). Up to you ~
Basically, you answer the questions, and then you remove the question part on lines 1, 2, and 11 so the poem stands alone. Notice the final poem after I answer the questions and then remove the line #s and the questions on 1, 2, and 11.
Here is the format:
line 1: your first name
line 2: four character traits
line 3: Sibling of
line 4: Lover of
line 5: Who feels
line 6: Who needs
line 7: Who gives
line 8: Who fears
line 9: Who would like to see
line 10: Resident of
line 11: your last name
I’ll go ahead and fill in the blanks and then show it the finished product below ~ being online here on my blog – my name is already “out there” so here is my example, step by step:
your first name
four character traits Compassionate,
creative, supportive, artistic
line 3: Sibling of Camille
line 4: Lover of life, family, country and the Lord
line 5: Who feels happiest creating something and surrounded by family
line 6: Who needs appreciation, understanding, and words of affirmation
line 7: Who gives service, encouragement and love
line 8: Who fears she may not have done enough
line 9: Who would like to see an end of this Coronavirus pandemic
line 10: Resident of my house, under social distancing!
your last name Abney
Compassionate, creative, supportive, artistic
Sibling of Camille
Lover of life, family, country and the Lord
Who feels happiest creating something and surrounded by family
Who needs appreciation, understanding, and words of affirmation
Who gives service, encouragement and love
Who fears she may not have done enough
Who would like to see an end of this Coronavirus Pandemic
Resident of my house, under social distancing!
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