Reative Writing -Write a 40 line Poetry, 500 word commentary on the process of creating the poem

Write one or more poems totalling 40 lines. You may choose whether or not to write in metre or include a thyme scheme. You may choose your own subject matter or select from the following prompts: poem about a clock, a river, or an unusual journey (The poem must be created from scratch and not use an existing one).

You can choose to submit two or three poems, they do not have to be equal in length: one might be 14 lines and another 26, for example. The subject matter and styles may be unrelated to one another. Poems with a succession of very short lines are unlikely to show what you are capable of.

PART 2 (500 words) write a commentary about the process of creating your poem. Describe your aims behind your choice e.g. why you chose the metre, stanza form, voice or language. Write about any difficulties you encountered and the solutions you came up with. Remember to make considered choices of your poems. For instance, consider where you break your lines, how you use imagery and how you use repetition. Consider these questions: Have you shown technical range in your use of metre, rhyme, imagery, voice, form? Have you given clear details and not overloading the description with too many adjectives? Have you considered your poem(s) from the poem of view of the reader to establish how clear your writing is? Does your poetry hold the reader by using such devices as repetition, metaphor or simile? This is an Open University Creative Writing essay. If the writer has the workbook, they can quote from it as it gains extra marks. Remember that writing a poem is a process, not a single action. In your commentary , focus on revealing the creative process from first idea to final version, rather than on an evaluation of the finished product. Quote briefly from your writing and the reading in the workbook-perhaps of other poems outside the workbook ion order to support your statements.
Open University: Creative Writing workbook with readings.
Edited by Linda AndersonISBN 0-415-37243-7
First published 2006
Part 3 -Writing Poetry -Readings in the back section of the book can be used as examples in the commentary to support your point.