For this week’s writing prompt, you are to use your own memory of your childhood home – whether or not you still live there – as the setting for your poem. This can be a memory of your own, an invented story starring you, an invented story starring an invented star, or simply musings. We will be reviewing some famous epic poems in class all week and I implore you to use these as your muse when writing your own poetry.  

I know some of you believe that the appeal of poetry is the lack of rules, and that is partly true. Poetry however should follow the basic vocabulary and grammar rules of English language unless the deviation is intentional and has a purpose that you are able to explain.  

I encourage all poems for this exercise to be at least thirty lines and you should be prepared to do a mostly oral workshop as poems truly come alive when read aloud by their creator.