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 Sound of Music.
The rules for writing a Golden Shovel Poem and The Sound of Music
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 Sound of Music will consist of the end of lines taken from Blake’s Auguries of Innocence.
The Sound of Music It is hard to tell a Difference between a Robin Clothed in the sunrise of Red Thrill song emitted from her breast And a symphony in A concert hall or a Soprano singing in a Cage It is the listen who puts Meaning to it all The music rising to Heaven Notes filled with beauty in The thick, trembling throat of a Bird or instrument filled with rage. There is a difference between a Trumpet and a dove That echoes in a quiet house Where musical notes once fill’d The rooms with The voices of doves Who disappeared & Now occupied with homing Pigeons I listen with shutters To the sound from Hell That now flows thro’ My walls and all That plagues us with its Twisted torture in my neighborhood regions
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