Hello, everyone, and welcome back for the nineteenth day of NaPoWriMo/GloPoWriMo!

Today’s featured participant is angieinspired, where the “sound of home” poem for Day 18 evokes the speech of Kansas.

Our featured poet in translation today is South Africa’s Isabella Motadinyane. Writing in Sotho, English, and other languages, Motadinyane was a member of the poetry performance group the Botsotho Jesters. Five of her poems can be found at the link above, and two more can be found here.

And now for our prompt (optional, as always)! Many years ago, “didactic” poetry was very common – in other words, poetry that explicitly sought to instruct the reader in some kind of skill or knowledge, whether moral, philosophical, or practical. Today, I’d like to challenge you to write the latter kind of “how to” poem – a didactic poem that focuses on a practical skill. Hopefully, you’ll be able to weave the concrete details of the action into a compelling verse. Also, your “practical” skill could be somewhat mythological, imaginary, or funny, like “How to Capture a Mermaid” or “How to Get Your Teenager to Take Out the Garbage When He Is Supposed To.” Happy writing!

 

90 Responses to Day Nineteen

  1. […] nineteenth day of NaPoWriMo […]

  2. I suppose this is arguably to the prompt…

  3. […] loosely based on a NaPoWriMo.net prompt: “to write … a didactic poem that focuses on a practical skill.” Because […]

  4. […] Prompt: Many years ago, “didactic” poetry was very common – in other words, poetry that explicitly sought to instruct the reader in some kind of skill or knowledge, whether moral, philosophical, or practical. Today, I’d like to challenge you to write the latter kind of “how to” poem – a didactic poem that focuses on a practical skill. Hopefully, you’ll be able to weave the concrete details of the action into a compelling verse. Also, your “practical” skill could be somewhat mythological, imaginary, or funny, like “How to Capture a Mermaid” or “How to Get Your Teenager to Take Out the Garbage When He Is Supposed To.” Happy writing! […]

  5. Kruti says:

    Hello everyone! I chose to write today’s poem on ‘How to Brew a Polyjuice Potion’ :D

    Happy brewing! http://bit.ly/1XFYlvT

  6. […] In response to Daily Post: Closet and Napowrimo Day 19. […]

  7. […] Partly didactic, from the prompt at NaPoWriMo – Day 19 […]

  8. […] Good day! And here is for Day 19’s prompt. […]

  9. […] for NaPoWriMo we get all educational! My job is to write a ‘didactic’ poem which is a kind of […]

    • I already gushed all over your blog, but wanted to also note that, when I was a little kid I had this running gag with a friend and neighbour I loved, a guy named Phil Deerward. He was Pa and I was Ma. Whenever we saw each other we greeted each other, very seriously, with, “Hello Ma.” “Hello, Pa.” Thanks for reminding me of that.

  10. I didn’t see the prompt until after I had written mine – but it sort of along the same lines! http://www.vevivos.com/2016/04/19/love-blogging-day-19-national-poetry-writing-month-napowrimo/

  11. […] Day 19 of NaPoWriMo looks for a didactic poem.  It’s a poem that offers instruction of some sort. I offer this to my love who sometimes find waking me to be a challenge. […]

  12. Gene says:

    Good morning and welcome to day 19!

    For those that like to write poetry in the morning but have a hard time waking: https://genesmusings.wordpress.com/2016/04/19/rise-and-shine-how-to-wake-me-up/

  13. Mar Claudrin says:

    today is my best friend’s birthday, so i decided at the beginning of the month whatever prompt it was, i had to write today’s poem for him. so my instructive poem is for the artist, WG Lucas :) xx

    http://notesfromabinbag.blogspot.co.uk/2016/04/tips-to-coax-wg-lucas-creature.html

  14. […] NaPoWriMo prompt for Day 19 is a “how-to” poem. Poetic Asides asks for a cool or uncool poem. […]

  15. […] the 19th day of NaPoWriMo, the prompt is to write a didactic, a type of “poetry that explicitly sought to instruct the […]

  16. […] Day Nineteen of 2016 NaPoWriMo. The two word prompts for RonovanWrites Weekly Haiku Prompt Challenge #93 are sun and moon. […]

  17. […] NaPoWriMo 2016 – Day #19: “Didactic Poem” […]

  18. […] napowrimo.net prompt is to write a ‘how-to’ poem. My poem—a quote of an old typewriter drill—was inspired by a […]

  19. […] napowrimo.net prompt is to write a ‘how-to’ poem. My poem—a quote of an old typewriter drill—was inspired by a […]

  20. […] For today’s NaPoWriMo exercise we were encouraged to write a didactic poem, explaining how to do something in compelling verse. […]

  21. […] NaPoWriMo’s “Didactic Poetry challenge” NotaLiteraryJournal’s “Repeated Words prompt” The Writer’s Center’s “Giving Voice to Setting prompt” Poetic Asides P-A-D “Cool/Uncool poem prompt” Poetry School’s “Bestiary prompt” Mariah Wilson’s “Survival prompt” QuillsEdge Press’ “Night’s Quietest Sound prompt” Found Poetry’s “English to English Translation prompts” Apparatus Mag’s “Sense of Dread prompt” Imaginary Garden’s “Local Vernacular prompt” The City Quill’s “Favorite song prompt” Jo Bell’s “Favorite Word prompt” Indiana Humanities’ “Fan Letter prompt” Mary Carroll-Hackett’s “Wonder of a Moment prompt” […]

  22. […] NaPoWriMo Prompt – Many years ago, “didactic” poetry was very common – in other words, poetry that explicitly sought to instruct the reader in some kind of skill or knowledge, whether moral, philosophical, or practical. Today, I’d like to challenge you to write the latter kind of “how to” poem – a didactic poem that focuses on a practical skill. Hopefully, you’ll be able to weave the concrete details of the action into a compelling verse. Also, your “practical” skill could be somewhat mythological, imaginary, or funny, like “How to Capture a Mermaid” or “How to Get Your Teenager to Take Out the Garbage When He Is Supposed To.” Happy writing! […]

  23. […] NaPoWriMo prompt today is to write didactic poetry…in other words, a poem that gives instruction on […]

  24. […] Today’s NaPoWriMo prompt: a how to poem. I suppose this will be awkward. […]

  25. […] by NaPoWriMo, Day 19. Hangin’ in there for crazy April. […]

  26. Katie Staten says:

    https://krstaten.wordpress.com/2016/04/19/how-to-survive-the-worst-of-it-napowrimo-19/

    Days off are nice. I actually get my NaPoWriMo done early in the day for a change, and I have time to sit and read other poetry a bit more. Hallelujah!

  27. David Ellis says:

    I followed the prompt and wrote a how to write a “How To” list. I may have been distracted by cats, dogs and dinosaurs!

    https://toofulltowrite.com/2016/04/19/napowrimo-day-19-how-to-write-a-how-to-list-by-david-ellis/

  28. […] prompt  was to write a didactic poem. So I did […]

  29. […] NaPoWriMo prompt for today is to write a “How To” poem. Since I am in the process of writing (or […]

  30. It’s not the definitive method, but it’s how I’ve been doing it. Here’s how to write a memoir:

    https://lindakruschke.wordpress.com/2016/04/19/cry-pray-write/

  31. […] instruct the reader in some kind of skill or knowledge, whether moral, philosophical, or practical. Today’s Na/GloPoWriMo2016 challenge is to write the latter kind of “how to” […]

  32. […] napowrimo.net prompt is to write a ‘how-to’ poem. Technically, I have already posted my poem for the day—but that […]

  33. First, I wrote this one as my reaction to a Facebook post by a Congressman from a neighboring district. I’m referring to it as a ‘readymade’ poem:

    https://ordinaryaveragethoughts.wordpress.com/2016/04/19/national-poetry-writing-month-day-19/

    Then I wrote this one while observing a woman sleeping in a chair across from me at the library this morning:

    https://ordinaryaveragethoughts.wordpress.com/2016/04/19/how-to-fall-asleep-in-a-chair-at-the-public-library-a-poem/

    Take your pick.

  34. Vin says:

    I picked Crochet since that is just another thing which I love to do. I am not sure if the instructions are understandable to a person who is not used to crochet.. but oh well… can’t do anything about it now

    http://vinlitevin.com/maybe-poetry/crochet-lessons-for-thee/

  35. […] 19 for NaPoWriMo Poetic […]

  36. […] didactic vs democratic approaches to “place making” and place writing. Today’s prompt is to write a didactic poem. Not a finished piece – tonight I’ve got to tweak a paper […]

  37. […] NaPoWriMo.net’s prompt was to write a didactic poem. I wrote this somewhat sarcastic one at uni today. Obviously it was inspired by the people around me: I study Information Science and Media Informatics (and Spanisch, for good measure), and while my fellow students are definitely not all stereotypes, there is the occasional young hoodie-wearer, who seems to want to bring it back to life and sits in front of their laptop doing things that look like coding from afar, even in non-thematical lectures. Now they show up in my poem. ;) Unfortunately, coding is not like that, although it can be a lot of fun – especially if it works out the way you wanted it to. […]

  38. […] NaPoWriMo prompt was for a didactic “how to” poem, and I just so happened to have the perfect […]

  39. […] (for NaPoWriMo Day 19: didactic poem) […]

  40. […] I was without an idea today at lunch and tonight when I got home so I took a swing at the suggested prompt from NaPoWriMo.net website: […]

  41. […] I was without an idea today at lunch and tonight when I got home so I took a swing at the suggested prompt from NaPoWriMo.net website: […]

  42. […] A how-to poem for how to stay sane in these busy, anxious days, for NaPoWriMo day 19 […]

  43. I was without an idea today at lunch and tonight when I got home so I took a swing at the suggested prompt, fueled by the bad day at work and…

    Later you’ll put ice in a glass and then
    measure gin, fill with tonic, squeeze a lime.
    Sit down and watch an old M*A*S*H show and let…

    http://www.quiltr.com/?p=14146

  44. Vince Gotera says:

    Hey, everyone. I think you’ll enjoy our humorous “How to Be Cool/Uncool” poems at The Man with the Blue Guitar! http://bit.ly/23IYLbS

  45. […]  Day 19 of NaPoWriMo 2016.  Under the weather and attending a conference, so not much creative juice left.  Off-prompt haiku […]

  46. Allie says:

    Better late than never right..? Here’s my poem Washing. Enjoy. https://abm97.wordpress.com/2016/04/20/19-napowrimo-washing/

    Allie <3

  47. “How to Live” Didactic poem–https://leonaslines.com/2016/04/19/how-to-live/

  48. […] Today’s poem prompt. […]

  49. […] Day 19 of NaPoWriMo. Prompt: Write a didactic poem.  […]

  50. Eric erb says:

    Hey all. I’m running through the challenges again. Here’s my latest didactic. Let me know what you think. https://erbiage.wordpress.com/2016/06/19/sawyer/

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