After reading some of the poems in my book, you might like to try writing one of your own. Here are some ideas to get you started.
Firstly, choose to write from the point of view of one of these people or, if you prefer, think of someone of your own.
Angry that people blame scientists for the atomic bomb.
Angry that so many modern women choose not to vote.
Angry that people celebrate Christmas.
- Research your chosen person.
- Note down three or more facts about them.
- Imagine yourself as that person.
- Think about why they are angry.
- Think about who they might be angry at and direct your poem at them.
- Write in your characters’ voice.
Don’t feel you have to come up with something amazing on your first attempt. I spent months on some of my poems – and I’m still not happy with quite a few.
There’s always room for improvement but I still feel proud of what I’ve accomplished. I hope that you will too.
PS If you’re feeling stuck, here are some other characters you could write about
Angry that most of Sherwood Forest has been cut down
Angry that people don’t love their mothers enough
Angry that she never got properly paid for her novels
Vincent Van Gogh
Angry that people only appreciated his art after he died
Lady Jane Grey
Angry that she was only queen for nine days