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Prompt #104 I wandered lonely as a cloud

April 26, 2012


I wandered lonely as a cloud

We Write Poems:
Wordsworth is writing about loneliness in his poem, “The Daffodils”.  A dreamy sort of loneliness.  When you are alone, aren’t you really processing the world, receiving inspiration as it were, by listening to music, watching a movie and whatnot?  All of us are alone for much of the time (including the times spent in a bathroom no doubt).  Did you ever find yourself alone in a foreign land?  Write a poem about the feeling of loneliness.  

You could try and use metaphors to try and describe that condition, as Wordsworth did, but find better ways of describing loneliness.  You could write about your loneliness when you’re not with your loved one.  You could also write about a loved one’s loneliness.  A poem I truly admire is Robert Hayden’s “Those Winter Sundays” where the narrator describes the chores that his father performed and did alone.  There are as many different ways to write about the subject of loneliness as there are stories.  

Here’s a video (film-maker, Andrea Dorfman, and poet/singer/songwriter, Tanya Davis) where someone talks about how to be alone.  Then come back next week with your lonely poem.

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  1. May 1, 2012 1:44 pm

    Great prompt! Thank you Irene!!

    • May 1, 2012 4:54 pm

      Hope you’re inspired to write, Hannah. By the way, feel free to write a prompt yourself. Here’s the link to that poem/prompt post. which got swamped over by April madness. This applies to anyone else hanging around here in April who wants to continue hanging out here.

      • May 1, 2012 7:08 pm

        I remember that one and I did send one then…I’ll double check though because yes, it was madness! Smiles to you, Irene!

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