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 Mystery of.
The rules for writing a Golden Shovel Poem and The Mystery of
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 The Mystery of l consists of the end of lines taken from Blake’s Auguries of Innocence.
The mystery of I wanted the answer to A riddle I couldn’t see There is a mystery and a Illusion to rule the World To discover the mystery in The stars above and a Small speck of grain The pageantry of A beach covered in sand I watch the water and Get a small glimpse of A different Heaven Tumbling and twisting in The depth of a World of Water Wild But still delicate as a flower If only I could hold Forever and Infinity And take its willful glory in And the force in the Trembling palm The small illusion of What was once your Love, and hold it in my hand Pleasure and bliss and Happiness for eternity Would be mine in The challenge of an Hopeful, vulnerable hour.
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