Saturday, April 15, 2023

Day 15 ~ “Synonym or Antonym Poem” for “30 Poems in 30 Days" #NationalPoetryMonth

Synonym and/or Antonym Poetry:

These are simple yet POWERFUL poems. They incorporate a couplet, are only three lines long (and the first line is ONLY a one-word title) and can really be quite profound.


LINE 1: Choose any word. Write that word in capital letters on the first line. (This is your title AND your opening line).

LINE 2: Choose around 3-5 synonyms OR antonyms and list them below your one-word first lineand they become your second line. If none come to mind, just look them up in a thesaurus or at "SYNONYMS" ~ a resource for synonyms AND antonyms. 

Remember ~ don’t just go off and list a bunch of adjectives about your subject (title) – these NEED to be EITHER all synonyms OR all antonyms of your title (or darn close), but “happy” and “creative” would not fit the bill. Does that make sense??

LINE 3: THEN, on the third line, come up with a descriptive phrase about the word. 

And yep, the ending words of both lines 2 & 3 need to rhyme.

Here are a few nifty, helpful online resources: 

"Synonyms" ~ resource for synonyms and/or antonyms (depending on which little dot you click up by the search button)

"Rhyme Zone" ~ plug in a word, hit search and it kicks out a list of rhyming words (this one is the easiest to use, I think, because the other one gives you thousands of choices and that  that’s too long to sort through and can be overwhelming. So, whichever you like…

"Rhymer" ~ pretty cool – even has six options on how to rhyme: end rhymes (rhyme ending words), last syllable rhymes, double rhymes (like walking/talking), triple rhymes (have the same vowel sounds in the third-to-last syllable and all following sounds (explanation, destination, imagination), beginning rhymes (scenery/cedar) and first syllable rhymes (carrot/caring).

Here’s an example I wrote about 6 years ago that uses synonyms – I really like it:


Pioneer, settler, foreigner, outsider, newcomer.
Welcome. I, too, walk to the beat of a different drummer.

                                                            © 2017 Stephanie Abney


And here’s an example I wrote today that uses antonyms:  

Anticipation, elation, confidence, encouragement, hopefulness.
A change of perspective leads from sadness to happiness.

                                                           © 2023 Stephanie Abney

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