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 Song of the Brook.
The rules for writing a Golden Shovel Poem and Song of the Brook
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 call Twisted Love will call Song of the Brook. The word end words of each line were from Blake’s The Clod and the Pebble.
Song of the Brook Why do we view the world so Soundless with songs never sung When we long to hear a Music played so little By the clumsy clod That is made of A muddy ball of clay He walked the path less trodden Green grass covered with Dew, morning mist and the Dung left behind by cattle’s Heavy unshod feet I would have ignored him but The song he played was a Smooth, glistening Pebble The calling forth of Memories beside the Bubbling, babbling brook When we willfully warbled A simple, solemn song out Creeping out of these Throats in merry meters With harmless hopes the day might meet.
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