Letter Poem Using Personification
by Albert Flynn DeSilver
Note: Personification is the literary device that gives human characteristics to things that are not human. Example: "The clouds cartwheel through the sky—Ominous/luminous/The Rain Smiles"
Write three colors. Examples: olive, charcoal, magenta
Write three vivid verbs or strong action words. Examples spiraling, screeching, plowing
Write three sounds. Examples: whisper, echo, clanging
Write three materials. Examples: cement, burlap, silk
Think of a heart emotion to write your letter to such as love, fear, anger, loneliness, etc. (Do not use a body feeling such as hunger or cold.)
Use the words you have listed to write a letter to your emotion.
If you could corner love in a room, what would you ask of love?
If you cornered anger in a room, what would you ask of anger.
How do you experience this emotion?
If your emotion were a landscape, what would it be?
If your emotion were a creature, what would it be?
If your emotion were a character, what would he or she wear?
What color eyes would he or she have? etc...
Play with the shape of your poem or the line breaks.