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The Poet: Level 1

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100 Level - No experience necessary

The What: 

Reading OPP (Other People's Poetry) is a great habit when trying to become a better poet. You can learn poetic forms, how to use certain poetic techniques, and explore all of the ways a subject can be written about. The more you read the more you know, and the more you know the better your poetry will be.  

The Challenge: 

1. Select 2 poems from the list provided under "Challenge Resources" or choose 2 poems you know.

2. Share your thoughts on the poems. You can use some of the these prompts to get you started if you need:

a. What do you think the poets were trying say in the poems?

b. What do the poems reflect for you? What do they make you think or feel? How did the poems inspire you or leave you uninspired?

c. How do you think others might receive the poems?

d. How did the poets describe people, scenes, objects, emotions, etc. in the poems?

e. What other techniques do you notice being used in the poems? (repetition, rhyme, metaphor, simile, etc.?

3. Record your thoughts and opinions as a video blog.


Submit your thoughts on the poems you read as a video blog. 

**Already have a critique of a poem? Submit that!

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  • Provide feedback within 2-3 days
  • Accept your submission or ask you to make changes
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