Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Walt Whitman Creative Writing Prompts

Happy Birthday to Walt Whitman!  You can read a wonderful article about Walt Whitman at today's Writer's Almanac. 

In honor of Walt Whitman's birthday, our creative writing prompts will be inspired by a couple of his many thought-provoking quotes.

Creative Nonfiction Prompt: 

"Have you learned the lessons only of those who admired you, and were tender with you, and stood aside for you? Have you not learned great lessons from those who braced themselves against you, and disputed passage with you?"

Write an essay about someone who "braced themselves against you" or "disputed passage with you" and what you learned from that. 

Poetry Prompt:

"A morning glory at my window satisfies me more than the metaphysics of books."

Write a poem about things in nature that give you pleasure.  You can make a list poem of many things, or you can focus on one or two things.  If you choose to write about two things, try to tie them together in some way.  

You can read more Walt Whitman quotes here:  

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