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Thursday Prompt #17: Wordle Yourself

August 26, 2010

Nicole Nicholson brings us this week’s prompt, which is to Wordle yourself. She says,

“For this week’s prompt, we’re going to do a little something interesting. You’ll make your own Wordle from one (or more) of your own poems, and then write a new poem out of the resulting Wordle.

Here’s how it works:

Step 1. Visit and click on the “Create your own” link near the top left of the page.

Step 2. Paste the text of one of your poems into the first text box at the top of the “Create” page.. If your poems tend to be under ten lines or if you wrote a bunch of really rockin’ short form poetry (like haiku, haynaku, lunes, or tanka) then you can use several of those poems for this exercise.

Step 3. Click the “Go” button right below the text box. You will be taken to the resulting page where your brand new Wordle will appear! (Note: you can monkey around with the color, font, and layout as you like using the menu options shown above your brand new Wordle.)

Step 4. Write down between six and twelve of the largest words in your Wordle and use those words to write a brand new poem.

Here’s an example of a Wordle that I did this with my poem, Backwards. You’ll have to come back Wednesday for the Post Your Poems post to see my resulting poem.

If you can’t do the Wordle for technical reasons, then here’s another way to approach the prompt: take a poem (or two, or five) of your own and pick out between six and twelve of your most frequently used words, and then write a new poem.

Feel free to post your Wordle image with your poems. And have fun with the prompt this week!”

Here is a Wordle of e. e. cummings’ “anyone lived in a pretty how town” :

  1. August 26, 2010 12:29 pm

    It’s fun to make wordles on the wordle machine.
    Writing from my own words, though, isn’t nearly as interesting as using other people’s vocabularies.

    Anybody want to swap wordles with me?

    • Irene permalink*
      August 30, 2010 3:31 pm

      Ooh I agree, so I just “borrowed” words from somebody’s vocabulary.

  2. August 26, 2010 9:43 pm

    You can limit the number of words that show up in your wordle from the Layout tab. Click it and go to Maximum Words and type 14 or 20 or whatever you want.

    • August 28, 2010 11:38 pm

      Good tip. Thanks!

      • August 29, 2010 11:10 am

        another little thing:
        If you have a word that you don’t want in the wordle–maybe you repeated something for effect like “duh”. you can right click the word and get a pop-up menu asking you if you’d like to remove it.

  3. August 27, 2010 9:05 am

    How much fun!! I love finding the make your own Wordle site. Thank you.

  4. August 31, 2010 11:06 am

    I couldn’t get the wordle link to copy, but I wrote this – for here and for Big Tent Poetry 18, a combination of the two prompts.


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