Prompt 11 Literary Idols


I want you to write a poem influenced by one of your literary idols! If you use a specific poem for your inspirational source please share the poem or provide us with a name/title and preferably link to the poem that inspired your creation! As writer I have found a lot of inspiration from fellow writers professional and otherwise but if I had to chose I would say Sylvia Plath and Arthur Rimbaud. Had I not discovered their poetry I might never have been compelled to write my own and that is an absolutely terrifying thought considering how much poetry has come to mean to me. I was unable to choose between the two so I wrote a poem that includes elements from both poets but I will let you judge as to whether or not I succeeded lol I used Arthur Rimbaud photo here and on my own submission I will use Sylvia Plath. Again I want to apologize I realize I have been very busy lately and thus not as active or as quick to respond as you may have become accustomed to. I am actually quite slow at everything really and with Sam on vacation we’ve been making frequent trips to the country. I do not have internet access on my phone so I have been off the grid a lot lately lol


If you are a photographer share an inspired photograph


If you write blogs then discuss your favorite writers and/or artists/photographers. Who inspired you to pursue a certain hobby? Career? Change your life? Something along those lines I am quite flexible so feel free to be flexible with the prompt interpretation lol

45 responses to “Prompt 11 Literary Idols

  1. This sounds very interesting, I’ll be sure to give it a try, I just do not know if you have any deadlines for the prompt? It’s usualy what makes me reserved to participation,since I have very little time nowadays to properly dedicate myself.

    • Anytime between today and next Sunday this prompt will be up and active on the front page, first post. If a week isn’t enough time that is okay just post to the most recent Mr. Linky and specify which prompt your submission is for. I ask that you post to the most recent only to ensure that other participates will see it. You can go back and do any of the prompts you like I don’t have a deadline and I will always read them but if you want to ensure I am not the only one who sees it post to the most recent

  2. smiles…thanks for your comment and the invite..a cool prompt.. def. there have been lots of people of big influence on my way.. the most life changing was reading a book by corrie ten boom probably.. need to start thinking about this…smiles

  3. I’ve definitely got something for this, but want to roll it around in the noggin for a bit. Going to wash Sherry’s car while I contemplate! I’ll be back!

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  5. I was going to write something new for you, but I’ve been going hard since about 4:30 this morning, and I’m running out of steam. So, I re-posted an old one.

  6. Hmm. Hadn’t thought of that. Yeats, I suppose, early on, more recently Rumi (Barks translation), Hafiz (Ladinsky), Mary Oliver, Rilke. Neruda. GG Marquez. Tons of sci-fi as a kid. I’ll chew on it – thanks for the invite. ~ M

  7. I had starting writing on Oscar Wilde however after seeing the beautiful tribute Helen produced i decided against it. However instead of writing something else it occurred to me a have a couple of posts that would apply.
    On is a poem modeled after Anne Bradstreet/ “The Author to Her Book”

    the other is a little Ode to Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

    Also a rewrite a scene from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream as if Dr. Seuss had written it instead.

    which of these do you think best fits the challenge? I’ll submit the one you choose 🙂

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  9. I added my link! Hope you will like it, even tho it is perhaps something one would not expect of me, seeing it differs greatly from what I produce and writers people usually say I remind them of:)

  10. I dunno, I really like contemporary American women poets – there is quiet power in their words. I am adding my link (some of you have already visited and read it — I had used it for a dVerse Pub event). This draws on Andrea gibson and Marie Howe. I also love Rumi and Rilke and Billy Collins and Mary Oliver and Neruda — how can one not? 🙂 Glad I have found your site (thanks to Oloriel!)

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