LITR 3731 Creative Writing
Midterm: Poetry submission
submission & revision account:
Submit one lyric poem, either free-verse or fixed-form
(sonnet, ballad, villanelle, etc.).
Every poem must have a title.
You may submit 1-3 additional poems, but you are not
required or expected to. No automatic credit for extra effort.
Length: The poem you submit for a grade should be
at least 50 words or there’s just not much to work with or respond to. If
you’re having trouble developing material . . .
Introduce more imagery or extend the
development of existing images
Ask readers and reviewers what they want more of
What ambiguities might be clarified or worked out?
What pleasures or tones might be extended?
Type of poem (options)
Rhymed or unrhymed
Metrical or free-verse
Academic or popular verse—lofty language
and fresh thoughts, or familiar language and sentimental thoughts
writing poetry is unfamiliar to you, your best moves are to review the
textbook chapters and Model Assignments of previous submissions.
some poems you like for inspiration—Dickinson,
“muse” or inner voice of poetry to speak, listen.
force a poem to happen—let it happen. One word or phrase calls to
writing and see what you like—what appeals to sight or sound?
parts that don’t work, keep the parts that do.
the expansion-reduction pattern—try parts out, cut the failures, follow the
of tentative students have avoided traditional lyric explorations of subtle
emotions. Instead they’ve attempted narrative poems or humorous poems.
lyric poetry is complex to judge, but my years of teaching Creative Writing find
me consistently reacting to these items:
and development of imagery
and wholeness—does the poem make sense? Does it matter?
impact—poignancy, irony, fun, pleasure, love, concern, appreciation
Note: Even if you do a poetry
presentation, you may also continue to revise your poem through informal draft
exchanges, which you may report in revision accounts.