Golden Shovel Poetry is a style of verse created by Terrance Hayes. This form of found poetry allows the writer to take a favorite poem and use it to make something original. I experimented with found poetry last year when I wrote Blank Verse poems. Since I have a small booklet of William Blake poems on my shelf that I’ve planned to reread, I decided to start the month of July playing with the words written by this Romantic Era poet. Blake didn’t receive much recognition in his life. Some people thought he was insane. I will call this first poem The Philanderer.
The rules for writing a Golden Shovel Poem and The Philanderer
While researching this style of poetry created by Terrance Hayes, there seem to be four simple rules. You can use as many lines of the poem as you want, and the poem will end with you being your creation. I find this idea interesting. Written below are the three simple rules.
1). Choose a poem that you like. I will use poems by William Blake in my July poetic adventure.
2)Use each word in the line or lines as the end word in your poem. Make sure they stay in order.
3) Construct an entire poem around them. The meaning doesn’t have to be the same.
4) Give the original poet credit who wrote the line or lines you used.
In this poetic adventure, I will stick to using poems written by William Blake. This small poem I will call The Philanderer. The word end words of each line were from Blake The Tyger.
The Philanderer I can’t remember when The moon shined so brightly, the Brilliance of the stars Overhead threw Light down From their Sparkling spears The thunder and Lightning water’d The land from heaven As if comfort came with Shedding their Salty tears I saw what you did I know that he Seduced you with a smile I once was his It was a brilliant piece of work When he promises to Never allow me to see I know what he did It had to be he The one who Always made Promises with the Talent to torture the Lamb When there was a lie to make Me wonder about thee.
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