Poetry Prompt 8: First Phrase – Last Phrase

write a poem where the first phrase is also the last phraseToday’s prompt is to write a poem in which the first phrase is also the last phrase.

You might like to consider:

  • Should you use the phrase just twice or elsewhere in the poem too – if so, where?
  • Should you choose a phrase with multiple meanings or just one?
  • Should the repetition of the phrase be integral to your poem or almost coincidental?
  • Should you use a long or short phrase?
  • Should the phrase make up a whole line, or part of a line?
  • Should the phrase have the same meaning in the first line and last line?

Today’s highlighted poem is The Fallen Sky by Serena Malcolm over at Voiceless Fricative. It’s about a moment of clarity and it really got me thinking! I hope you like it too.

Happy reading, happy writing -and if you do write, don’t forget to post your poem (in full or as a link) in the comments below so we can all enjoy it.

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18 Responses to Poetry Prompt 8: First Phrase – Last Phrase

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  3. CC Champagne says:

    I can only agree! An amazing prompt, and another chance for me to try my favourite form: http://ccchampagne.wordpress.com/2014/05/08/on-a-rainy-day-remember/


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  5. wbdeejay says:

    A great prompt, not so “challenging” as some 😉 I enjoyed creating this:


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  7. colonialist says:

    When screaming and tearing at hair, just remember that you DID ask for it!


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  11. martha0stout says:

    (*grins*) Wasn’t quite certain how to tackle this prompt until my nephew tried to turn my own words against me and then I knew: http://martha0stout.wordpress.com/2014/05/08/outside-poetry-prompt-8/


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