Thursday, 27 January 2011

Try this insane rhyming exercise at your group.

I mentioned the idea for this exercise at a writers’ group about a month ago, and anticipations were high. I’d kept everything under wraps, so nobody knew what they were in for. Here’s what to do…

Everybody at the table has four slips of paper each. We are going to write some words. Try to make them multisyllabic. Write them BIG! On the first slip, write a noun. A thing. On the second, write a verb. A doing word. On the third, write an adjective. A describing word. On the fourth, write an adverb. A word that describes how a verb is done. Adverbs usually end in –ly.

Now put all of the slips of paper into the middle of the table for everyone to see.

I’d like you to pick a word that you like the look of and use that as a title of a poem. We’re going to do a quick rhyming exercise. Pick words from the table and find words that rhyme with these words to make up couplets. Try to rhyme more than one syllable if possible.

On our table we have:


Feel free to turn the slips around so you can see them.

We now have fifteen minutes to develop a poem, rhyming as many of these words to any other words you can think of.

Apparently, this was one of the hardest exercises we’ve done, which is possibly why everyone insisted that I read my poem out first!

Here’s my effort. I’m sure you can do better.

The doors to the zoo open surprisingly
Drawing the animals towards it, enticingly
The cage doors open, the animals are hoping
A life of freedom and peace is approaching
A different lifestyle and acceptance is imminent
For the skunks, the cockatoos and the elephants
The colobus monkey is planning a party
When the front door of the zoo opens bizarrely.
“I can’t explain how important this is for us,”
Says the rainbow lorikeet, with his feathers so splendiferous.
The zoo has provided the best transport they could offer
And the animals ride off in the giant helicopter.


ANNiE =) said...

this sounds like a fun exercise. ill have to try it with my friends. =) thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Ok dont know if i did this right but it was fun trying...
A helicopter was always arguing
fact he could talk was bizarrly funny
ta, ta, ta gently he would scream
like a knock on a table
yet consistent like a beat.
He was cuddling to something
the pentagon was waiting to recive.
wen he said splendiferous, finaly
destanation almost complete.
furtunately for the elephent
ther is no mountain approaching.
so tentatively he cruised,
with an animal tied to his shoes
the forest underneath corrugated crawling, like a cockroach caravan searching for food.

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