One Is Invited - A 'Found' Poem

'Across the Lawns'

Historic Wroxall Abbey, Warwickshire
Historic Wroxall Abbey, Warwickshire | Source

'Found' Poetry

In her HubPages article, 'Think you don't know how to write poetry? Try Found Poems', Natalie Sack recommends leafing through a magazine, choosing an article, at random, and then discovering the words, within it, that seem most appealing. Then allowing those words to form a 'found' poem.

I thought that I would take her advice and I chose an online page, from an archaeology magazine that I enjoy reading. The item concerned a restoration project at Kew Gardens.

First I chose everything that appealed.
Then I narrowed down the words and phrases to those which particularly appealed.
Though I discarded some words; I added none.
I did alter the final order, so that it was pleasing to me.

The result is: 'One is Invited ...'.

Tricia Mason

a watchful eye


trudging through the rain

in the summer

across the lawns


it looks


prettiest of all

most fascinating of all

stunningly beautiful

despite the rain

a lost building

a walled garden

untouched

abandoned

forgotten

two centuries ago

'A Lost Building'

Wroxall Abbey, Warwickshire - History and Atmosphere!
Wroxall Abbey, Warwickshire - History and Atmosphere! | Source

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Dee aka Nonna 4 years ago

This is beautiful, absolutely beautiful. What a wonderfully creative idea. The pictures are so pretty. Voted up and beautiful.


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Trish_M 4 years ago from The English Midlands Author

Hello Dee :)

Thank you very much.

I found it a most interesting exercise!

The photos are of Wroxall Abbey, taken on the evening that the latest deluge started, here in the UK.


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ashleeosborn 4 years ago

Interesting idea, beautiful result. I loved it.


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Trish_M 4 years ago from The English Midlands Author

Thanks Ashleeosborn :)

Yes, I agree, it is a very interesting idea.


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rahul0324 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

Beautifully crafted verse


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Trish_M 4 years ago from The English Midlands Author

Thank you very much Rahul :)


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MarleneB 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

I like your poem a lot. What a great technique for creating unique and interesting poems.


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Trish_M 4 years ago from The English Midlands Author

Thanks Marlene!

Yes, it's a very interesting technique.

I tried it, again, but haven't come up with another poem yet :)


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

What a neat method for creating a poem! I will have to try this method and see what results. Your poem is very nice


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Trish_M 4 years ago from The English Midlands Author

Thanks Christy. Glad you like the poem.

As you say, it really is an interesting way of creating poetry :)


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Angela Brummer 4 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

Very nice and beautiful visuals.


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Trish_M 4 years ago from The English Midlands Author

Thank you, Angela. :)

After I had put the words together, I realised that they went very well with a lovely place that I had very recently visited, and photographed ~ Wroxall Abbey, in Warwickshire.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

Thats a great idea to do a Found poetry, this way you can virtually write poetry about anything you can see in a magazine etc, it certainly worked for you, your poem is beautiful, nell


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Trish_M 4 years ago from The English Midlands Author

Thank you, Nell. That's very kind of you ~ though I don't actually feel that I wrote it ~ it was a sort of shared thing :)

It was an interesting and entertaining exercise, though :)


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

Hi Trish,

What an interesting idea to take words from an article and then start picking and choosing from among them to form a poem without adding any other words. Now I will know what a "found" poem is, and I must say, you did it well. Loved the photos!


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Trish_M 4 years ago from The English Midlands Author

Hello Peggy :)

I only tried this because of Natalie Sack's hub, and I was quite pleased with the results. I

I was also pleased to see that some photographs ~ ones I had only recently taken ~ seemed to fit so well.

I have to say, though, that I did try this experiment again, but not so successfully. :)

Thank you for your kind words!


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

Wow Trish such a creative idea. Loved the idea...it's challenging me :)

Beautiful poem with voted up.


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Trish_M 4 years ago from The English Midlands Author

Thanks, Ruchira ~ it's a very interesting idea, isn't it :)

Have you read Natalie Sack's hub on the subject?


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Einy51 4 years ago from Gampaha,Srilanka

It's very beautiful Tris :)


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Trish_M 4 years ago from The English Midlands Author

Thank you so much, Einy51 :)


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bonny2010 3 years ago from outback queensland

Beautiful - so well done - thank you


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Trish_M 3 years ago from The English Midlands Author

Hello Bonny :)

That's very kind. Thank you.

'Found Poetry' is quite an interesting idea, I think :)

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