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Shakespeare-Inspired Magnetic Poems

By Amybg @amyspeak

Three weeks ago I got a present from my sister (who lives in Canada): a Magnetic Poetry kit inspired by Shakespearean language. Since then I’ve written three poems and I thought I’d share them here.

The quality of the pictures isn’t great, but you get the idea and it kind of works with the style (piecing words together on a fridge and all).

Poem One

Shakespeare-Inspired Magnetic Poems

This poem was a bit of fun for me. It was the first time I’d used these magnets to make a poem and I was mainly playing around with whatever words caught my eye, with a focus on rhyme and rhythm. It turned into quite a dark piece with lots of subtext, I can imagine a character like Edmund from King Lear or Petruchio from The Taming Of The Shrew saying something like this.

Poem Two

Shakespeare-Inspired Magnetic Poems

My second poem was formed around a theme. Inspired (as always) by Meisner, I wanted to write about living in the moment. The story ended up being about Haste, who I imagined as a playful, mischievous sprite.

Poem Three

Shakespeare-Inspired Magnetic Poems

Part of me felt there was a lot of darkness in the first two poems, so with the third I wanted to go in another direction. It was surprisingly challenging – I realised a lot of the words are darker or very sexual. But I’m really happy with the results.

I’m still not sure these poems translate well as pictures, but for now they tell the story I want them to and that is enough (thus far at least).

Filed under: Literature, Poetry, Writing Tagged: fridge magnets, magnetic poetry, poetry, Shakespeare, Shakespearean poetry

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