Before I get started on this week’s writing prompt, I want to pause for a moment and consider what I should include in my poem for Earth Day, which is a two-part process. First, I need to consider what type of poem I’m writing, which means I need to brush up on what I know about poetry. Second, I need to consider my own thoughts and feelings on the state of the earth. 

What Type Of Poem Should You Write for Earth Day?

As I begin working on this week’s writing prompt, I need to first nail down what type of poem I’m going to write. Is it going to have a certain form or cadence? Is it going to rhyme? Is it going to be long or short? I know I don’t have time to write an epic poem this week. But I’m not so sure I want to write a haiku either… 

A Quick Note About Poetry…

If you’re like me, you probably have a strong familiarity with poetry in a more academic sense. But have never attempted to write poetry yourself on a regular basis. Or read it on a regular basis, for that matter. 

Here’s the gist of what I know when it comes to poetry: I am familiar with iambic pentameter, what epic poems entail and a few examples of them, the works and innovations of Shakespeare and Ben Jonson, different analyses of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and other notable poems, William Wordsworth’s work, and more recent poetry that is evaluated in academic realms for its socio-economic nuances with Marxist-leaning critiques, and more recent poetry that revolves around corporeal forms and bodies. I read a little bit of Walt Whitman’s poetry when I was an undergrad studying the Civil War. I also read a little bit of Robert Frost’s poetry on my own once. And I am loosely familiar with slam poetry and even some beat poets from back in the day, but only loosely familiar. 

And here’s another thing I know about poetry. An academic familiarity with poetry might seem stunning or important… until you realize that none of it seems to matter if you don’t feel a single thing about the poems you’re evaluating or critiquing. Honestly, who cares about iambic pentameter if it’s forming a poem that is soulless or entirely devoid of more human qualities and essence? At least, that’s my opinion. A critique of a poem can have its value, but only gets you so far. The essence of a poem, in my opinion, is its very heart and message, and its more spiritual qualities. 

There’s a reason why the world is responding to poets like Amanda Gorman right now, in other words. And that’s something worth considering.

Information on Types of Poetry About Nature and the Earth

While there isn’t a category of poetry called “Earth Poetry”(at least, not one that I am aware of), I want to start exploring types of poetry about nature and the environment, especially a newer subgenre popping up called Ecopoetry. 

Here are a few resources I’m consulting as I decide what type of poem I want to write this week for my poem for Earth Day. I figured you’d appreciate this list too. I think it offers a good place to start. 

As of right now, based on some of the more recent information I’ve come across about poetry (some of it highlighted above), I think I’m going to end up writing some form of an ecopoem for this week’s writing prompt. What about you? What type of poem are you going to draft for this week’s writing prompt?

What Are Your Current Thoughts and Feelings About Nature and the Earth?

Now that I’ve settled on a type of poem to write, I need to sort through my thoughts and feelings on the state of the earth. Luckily, I was able to uncover them and consider them more deeply after completing the exercise in the premium content section of yesterday’s post

In truth, I could fill up multiple journals with my thoughts and feelings about the current state of Earth. In fact, completing a journal entry about my thoughts and feelings about the current state of Earth might end up being a Daily Drafts & Dialogues writing prompt in the future. 

My General Thoughts and Feelings About Earth

Here are some of my general thoughts about Earth:

  • It has finite resources we humans exploit 
  • Its turf, water, and air are more valuable than human currency to humans
  • It is only one of many planets
  • It is as beautiful and it is terrifying
  • It is the source of most, if not all, human imagination and innovation  

Here are some of my general feelings about Earth:

  • I am worried humans’ capriciousness and impatience will destroy it
  • I am in awe of its wonders and beauty
  • I feel humbled and intrigued by its diversity and evolutionary ways
  • I feel connected to other humans because of its limited space
  • I am more spiritual when I feel closer and more connected to it

What are your thoughts and feelings about Earth? And about writing a poem about Earth for Earth Day? Share them in the comments at the bottom of the page, or in the poem you write and share with us later this week. 

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