Day 22 poetry writing prompt

Today, we experiment with voice and reality:

Find something written by or about that person and use it as the epigraph for a poem.

This is tricky. Can the epigraph provide the back story, the context, for the poem? Or is it just too weird having an epigraph and then speaking in that same person’s voice? I don’t know–but you can always get rid of the epigraph after the poem is finished.

3 Replies to “Day 22 poetry writing prompt”

  1. Luckily, I had been reading her journals and so had a good quote already to work from 🙂

    “but the flights of fancy fortify the mind”

    But one line doesn’t really tell you too much, does it?

    I did really enjoy the idea of dissonance between the epigraph and the person’s voice, because maybe you’re getting at the idea of the persona having a persona for that item them wrote?

  2. That’s a good way to look at it. I used a quote by someone else, writing about my persona. But maybe I’ll try another one, using your approach.

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