This exercise is short, but can
be repeated over and over again until you have a collection of
your own poetry. Poetry is a great way to focus your writing and
will teach you an economy of language that is priceless.
Verbiage or wordiness is sometimes a turn off for a reader. In
poetry, you can practice setting scenes, creating characters and
expressing emotion using words to show or lead rather than tell.
This isn't a poetry lesson, so I'm not going to rattle on and on
about iambic pentameter verses free verse. I am going to suggest
you take the opportunity to read some great poetry to get the
feeling of how different poets convey their emotions. Read
Tennyson's The Lady of Shallot or Spike Milligan's
On the Ning Nang Nong, in fact, any poem.
The title for your poem is
'Dripping With Blood' and should be no longer than twenty lines.
The poem can use any words you like except the word vampire. Try
a little word association game before you start, I say vampire
you say? Fangs, blood, death, sex etc.
Remember to read your poem out
loud and to edit and rewrite if you need to. Juxtapose words or
phrases to give a new layer of meaning.
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