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Visual and Found Poetry

Updated on September 3, 2015

Finding a Poem

Found poetry, which can also be a form a visual poetry, is when you take an exististing text and rearrange it, highlight it, cut it out, or in some other way alter it to make an original poem. I got into making these types of poems after I discovered the art of altering books. It is a lot of fun to look at a page and see what words jump out at you and what you can do with them. You can also use pretty much anything to create these collage poems: letters, speeches, and even other poems. Here are a few examples of found poems that I have come across. I encourage you to experiment and make your own!

Hidden Poems

Poetry is all around you, ready for you to bring out the words and create it! Perhaps you are on the train and notice a discarded newspaper laying beside you. What can you do? Sure you can read the old news but then what? Take a highlighter and highlight all of the words and phrases that jump out at you. What sounds nice to the ear or resonates with you? You don't have to choose words simply because they are beautiful words that seem pretty. Not all poems are about pretty thing after all. Experiment by looking for words that are jarring to your senses. When you are done (perhaps after you have reached your destination) cut out or write down everything you have highlighted. I guarantee you will find some delightful combinations. Feel free to insert your own words as well. The possibilities for unveiling new meaning is endless.

Writing Poetry

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      Sarah 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      @mollymeadows Thank you so much! You are absolutely right about how one text can lead to many different poems depending on the poet. I'm glad you found it interesting! :)

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      Mary Strain 5 years ago from The Shire

      Chipped teacup (love the name, BTW) these are really creative. Five poets could get five totally different poems from the same page of text, and the visual presentation is attractive and unusual. Up and interesting!

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      Sarah 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      @annart Thank you! I'm glad that you find the idea so have some great ideas yourself that I never considered before. Have fun playing and teaching with words! :)

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      Ann Carr 5 years ago from SW England

      Brilliant! Don't know why I haven't come across something like this before; like all good ideas, it's simple. This would be great to use for literacy lessons too, with any children but especially dyslexics. You can aim it at any level and see the benefits; recognising words, choosing which ones, using them without having to write them - I'm going to use this idea again and again and again! Voted up, useful, interesting and shared.