This is an on-line version for an activity that works incredibly well as an activity for your journal or your Writer's Notebook. Devote a page to "Favorite Poetic Phrases," and begin collecting words and phrases from published poems that strike your fancy. Once you have a big enough collection, you can take two or three of them and create an original poem or an original piece of writing that "hides" them inside.
We at WritingFix collect phrases from our favorite poems. Do you? You should. Collecting favorite poetic phrases really teaches you to be on the look-out for great-sounding adjectives and verbs.
Here's how you make your own collection: When we read a poem that we really like, we jot down one, two, three, or four-word phrases from that poem that made us appreciate the words the poet has celebrated. Here are some examples from our Poetic Phrase Collection; all come from real poems we've read and enjoyed:
snow spring deep dark gold O Muse ashes of youth
dappled drab marble words cold canyon spilling fire
swift and sweet falling stars and eagles a room of silver
ruined feathers in darkness dwelt the kiss of emerald slick and sleek
nectar thoughts nevermore silken, sad uncertain
The idea of this on-line prompt is to have you click each button below once and to be given three random phrases from our list of favorite poetic phrases. Then you must write something (a poem or a story or a letter or whatever) that somehow includes all three poetic phrases within it. Can you do it?