Stretch & Strengthen Writing Challenge – Radio

If you are up for the challenge, here’s your STRETCH & STRENGTHEN EXERCISE!

TOPIC: Radio: Tune in to a radio station you don’t normally listen to, and write a poem inspired by the the first song or message you hear.

1. Predicament – quandary, dilemma
2. Gross – improper, low
3. Aloof – reserved indifferent

Write it as a pastoral.

Pastoral poetry can take any metre or rhyme scheme, but it focuses on the beauty of nature. These poems draw attention to idyllic settings and romanticise the idea of shepherds and agriculture labourers living in harmony with the natural world.

Often these traditional pastoral poems carry a religious overtone, suggesting that by bringing oneself closer to nature they were also becoming closer to their spirituality. They can be written in free verse, or as poems structure. Here’s an excerpt from a famous pastoral poem, “The Passionate Shepherd to His Love” by Christopher Marlowe:

“Come live with me and be my love,

And we will all the pleasures prove
That valleys, groves, hills, and fields,
Woods, or steepy mountain yields.

And we will sit upon the rocks,
Seeing the shepherds feed their flocks,
By shallow rivers to whose falls
Melodious birds sing madrigals.”

Submit your poem to for consideration for publication in this year’s Rhyme N Chatt Poetry Anthology.

Also, consider sharing your poem at an upcoming RNC open mic session!


“Changing Lives One Rhyme At A Time”

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