1. Convenient, accessible way to generate poetry
2. Encourages wordplay, sensitivity to how a text is arranged
3. Brings literature out in the open (guerilla submission method - "found" poetry)
This Is Just To Say
I have eaten
that were in
you were probably
they were delicious
and so cold
William Carlos Williams
Great contemporary example:
As we know,
There are known knowns.
There are things we know we know
We also know
There are known unknowns.
That is to say
We know there are some things
We do not know.
But there are also unknown unknowns,
The ones we don't know
We don't know.
Hart Seely, Pieces of Intelligence: The Existential Poetry of Donald H. Rumsfeld
NYT Learning Network always provides teaching wisdom:
Student Challenge: Create a Found Poem from the News
Article on Found & Headline Poems
Another way of generating poetry, this time using search engines to craft prose poetry paragraphs:
Submission: Put it somewhere, guerilla-style.
- In a library book
- Under a chair or table
- At the back of the toilet cubicle door (captive audience)
- On the toilet mirror
- On a teacher's desk
- On a refrigerator