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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!
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
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