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Bad Poetry Day

We know writing can be frustrating, difficult, and even stressful. That’s why we recommend celebrating Bad Poetry Day on August 18! It’s the perfect opportunity for writers to kick back, relax, and have a little fun with the written word. Celebrate this hilarious holiday by getting together with some friends to write poetry that’s perfectly awful…or awfully silly!

To help you get started, we’ve created “fill-in-the-blank” versions of some well-known poems for you to improvise with. Make a list of the types of words you’ll need (without knowing where they’ll fall in the sentences), ask your friends and family for suggestions, and then insert the answers into the blank spaces.

Feel free to share your poetic masterpieces in the comments below!

Silly Shakespeare

My mistress' __________ are nothing like the _____;
             body parts                      noun

_____ is far more ______ than her _____  ______;
noun              color           noun   color

If ________ be __________, why then her _______________ is __________;
   object      adjective                facial feature(s)  adjective

If ______ be ______, ______ _______ grow on her __________.
   object    object  color  objects             body part    

I have seen _______ _________, ______ and ______,
            objects adjective  color      color

But no such ________ see I in her _________________;
            objects               facial feature(s)

And in some _____ is there more delight
            noun

Than in the _____ that from my mistress _____.
            noun                        verb

William Carlos…What?

so much depends
upon

a _____ 
  color 

_______
object

_________ with _____
adjective      noun

_______
object

beside the ______
           color

_______.
objects

Edgar Allan OH NO!

Once upon a _____ __________, while I pondered, __________ and __________,
            time  adjective                     adjective      adjective

Over many a __________ and __________ volume of __________ _____—
            adjective      adjective            adjective  noun

While I _____, nearly _____, suddenly there came a _______,
        verb          verb                         action

As of some one gently ______, ______ at my ______ door.
                      action  action       place

“'Tis some visitor,” I ______, “______ at my ______ door—
                       action   action       place

Only this and _____ more.”
              noun

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