Originally Posted, Saturday, August 21, 2010
For your color poem:
Begin by taking a “color inventory” of your life. What colors do you like to live with? If you had to live with a single color what would it be? What is your favorite color? What colors do you associate with the best or worst times of your life? What colors do you associate with people, places, experiences? Following are ten possibilities for color poems:
1. Write a poem about a color without naming the color and without using one of its synonyms (for example, don’t use “crimson” in place of “red” or “azure” in place of “blue”).
2. What color is your life? Write a poem about your life’s color(s).
3. Write about an experience using colors to set the “tone.”
4. Compare a relationship to a color.
5. Compare a person to a color.
6. Compare your job (or creative work) to a color.
7. What is your life’s “rainbow?”
8. Write a poem about a place (scene, landscape) and use colors to highlight descriptions and details.
9. Think about implied colors as in Wordsworth’s poem “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud.” Wordsworth only mentions “golden” once, but the sense of “yellow” is strongly present throughout the poem. Try this in a poem of your own. Click Here to Read Wordsworth's Poem
10. As an alternative to color, write a poem about something colorless.