Hello, everyone, and welcome back for the 21st Day of NaPoWriMo/GloPoWriMo! We’re three weeks in now, with just one week and some change left to go.

Today’s featured participant is Katie Staten, whose poem for Day Twenty used kennings as a jumping-off-point to develop a larger theme.

Our poet in translation today is Iran’s Rosa Jamali. Jamali’s poetry uses surreal imagery, broken syntax, and a wealth of mythological references to create a mysterious, urgent sense of speech. Eight of her poems can be found at the link above.

And now, for our prompt (optional as always!) Just as Rosa Jamila’s poems often sound like they come out of a myth or fairy tale (and not always one with a happy ending), today I challenge you to write a poem in the voice of minor character from a fairy tale or myth. Instead of writing from the point of view of Cinderella, write from the point of view of the mouse who got turned into a coachman. Instead of writing from the point of view of Orpheus or Eurydice, write from the point of view of one of the shades in Hades who watched Eurydice leave and then come back. Happy writing!

 

78 Responses to Day Twenty-One

  1. […] napowrimo.net prompt is to write a poem about a fairy tale from the point of view of a minor character. I forgot about […]

  2. Claire says:

    Asked my son for his favourite Fairy Tale but the poem is more “adults only” ;) https://clairevetica.wordpress.com/2016/04/21/the-giants-harp/

  3. […] my favourite book was Grimm’s Fairy Tales (the more gruesome, the better). So, today’s NaPoWriMo theme of telling a classic story from an unexpected point of view stumped me. How could I choose […]

  4. I love this prompt – I shall definitely use it. In the meantime, following the death of Victoria Wood, my poem today is in memory of all the celebrities we have lost this year http://www.vevivos.com/2016/04/21/tribute-stars-day-21-national-poetry-writing-month-napowrimo/

  5. […] like the prompt for today’s NaPoWriMo as it is looking at something from a different perspective. We are to look at a nursery rhyme or […]

  6. […] Day 21 of NaPoWriMo is a fairy tale, written from the perspective of a minor character.  I selected one of the unnamed dwarfs from the original Snow White story. […]

  7. Gene says:

    Little did I know (no pun intended) that the dwarfs did not have names in Grimm’s original fairy tale. But in typical fashion, something bad has to happen, even in the original.

    https://genesmusings.wordpress.com/2016/04/21/about-a-girl/

  8. Angela says:

    Loved today’s prompt, I really like messing with fairytales! I didn’t even notice I could’ve chosed a myth as well. Here’s mine: https://unassortedstories.wordpress.com/2016/04/21/you-cant-hang-an-apple-from-a-tree/

  9. […] Here is a poem for Day 21’s prompt: […]

  10. emangarduque says:

    I’m not sure if i made this one right. Rosa Jamil’s talent is very difficult to copy-write.
    https://emangarduque.wordpress.com/2016/04/21/the-pitcher-that-was-left/

  11. […] poem answers a prompt from NaPoWriMo.net “to write a poem in the voice of a minor character from a […]

  12. Mar Claudrin says:

    i wrote about the apple stuck in snow white’s throat for an earlier prompt, so today i decided to write about a few of the witnesses to Icarus’ drowning :) xx

    http://notesfromabinbag.blogspot.co.uk/2016/04/creatures-without-wings.html

    • Lori Gomez says:

      I remember that Snow White apple… it was a tremendous poem! I’m off to read what you came up with for this. You are always brilliant (& prescient… haha You used your witchery to foresee this prompt two weeks ago. x0x0x :D )

  13. […] Today’s prompt: a fairy tale poem from the point of view of a minor character. From which I’ll deviate a bit. […]

  14. […] Prompt: I challenge you to write a poem in the voice of minor character from a fairy tale or myth. Instead of writing from the point of view of Cinderella, write from the point of view of the mouse who got turned into a coachman. Instead of writing from the point of view of Orpheus or Eurydice, write from the point of view of one of the shades in Hades who watched Eurydice leave and then come back. Happy writing! […]

  15. Kruti says:

    My poem from Hedwig, for Harry :) http://bit.ly/1r1OwxV

  16. […] NaPoWriMo day 21, where the prompt was to write from the perspective of a minor character of a fairytale or story. I […]

  17. […] NaPoWriMo prompt for today is to write from the point of view of a minor character in a fairy tale. […]

  18. Bryan Ens says:

    Sometimes, even the protagonist of a tale is a villain…just depends on your point of view…
    https://quest4peas.wordpress.com/2016/04/21/napowrimo-day-21-a-distraught-mothers-tale/

  19. I fear I am running behind, same as my To Do List!

  20. […] Twenty-One of 2016 NaPoWriMo. The prompt from napowrimo.net: “today I challenge you to write a poem in the voice of a minor character from a fairy tale […]

  21. […] NaPoWriMo’s “Minor Character from a Fairytale/Myth prompt” NotaLiteraryJournal’s “Rites of Passage prompt” Poetic Asides P-A-D “Response to Another Poem prompt” Poetry School’s “Unusual Means prompt” QuillsEdge Press’ “Climbed Trees prompt” Found Poetry’s “#erasingwarhol performance challenge” Apparatus Mag’s “Someone Else’s Shoes prompt” Imaginary Garden’s “Elephants prompt” Kate Foley’s “Art prompt” Indiana Humanities’ “Night Time prompt” Mary Caroll-Hackett’s “Oh Those Eyes prompt” […]

  22. […] NaPoWriMo Prompt – today I challenge you to write a poem in the voice of minor character from a fairy tale or myth. Instead of writing from the point of view of Cinderella, write from the point of view of the mouse who got turned into a coachman. Instead of writing from the point of view of Orpheus or Eurydice, write from the point of view of one of the shades in Hades who watched Eurydice leave and then come back. Happy writing! […]

  23. […] This is also my Day 21 post for NaPoWriMo. […]

  24. Off prompt again. I suppose there might be a minor fairy tale character who could relate to The Road I’ve written about, but I didn’t have that in mind while I wrote this.

    https://lindakruschke.wordpress.com/2016/04/21/my-road/

  25. David Ellis says:

    I used the prompt and wrote from the perspective of The Brothers Grimm as building contractors for one of their most famous fairy tales and having sub-contracting jobs for others. I thought the concept was hilarious and great fun, thank you for the prompt :)

    https://toofulltowrite.com/2016/04/21/napowrimo-day-21-wicked-business-by-david-ellis/

  26. So, I have two poems for today’s prompt–this time writing not from the point of view of a minor character, but certainly from a point of view rarely heard in fairytales–that of the princess herself–who, although she is often talked about, is rarely heard from. https://judydykstrabrown.com/2016/04/21/locked-and-unlocked/

  27. Vin says:

    I just wrote it out. Again, rather tired from work today. SO didn’t get time to read thorough and check for mistakes. I simply wrote the a different version of The Little Red Riding Hood, from the point of view of the wolf.

    http://vinlitevin.com/maybe-poetry/big-bad-wolf/

  28. That was a perfect prompt for today!

    Once upon a time, was how she began
    to spin out the story of her lifetime

    http://www.quiltr.com/?p=14153

  29. […] prompt  was to write a poem based on a lesser represented character from a myth or fairytale. I bashed […]

  30. Looks like my poemlink got stuck in comment moderation hell? So I’ll try again… for the same of a (doubtless unjustly maligned) shipmate of Odysseus.

    http://bagofanything.wordpress.com/2016/04/21/scylla-and-after/

  31. […] not quite a haiku and not quite on prompt. A tanka inspired by Robin Hood’s adventure on Blackstone […]

  32. […] prompt inspired me right away:  Retell a fairytale or a myth from the point of view of a minor character. […]

  33. […] heutige Anregung auf NaPoWriMo.net war ein Gedicht aus der Perspektive einer Nebenfigur aus einem Märchen zu schreiben. Ich habe mich […]

  34. Katie Staten says:

    First off, thanks so much for featuring me today! This is the most traffic my blog has ever gotten in a day by about threefold so that’s been pretty exciting!

    Second, I didn’t end up using the prompt today because as a born and raised Minnesotan I was a little bit in mourning, so on that note, here’s this:

    https://krstaten.wordpress.com/2016/04/21/a-funeral-napowrimo-21/

  35. […] latest NaPoWriMo prompt requires a poem from the point of view of a lesser character in a fairy tale.  Here […]

  36. Lori Gomez says:

    This is written from the point of view of Narcissus’ gazing pool. This is a fun prompt. I’m looking forward to reading what others have cooked up.

    https://ccthinks.wordpress.com/2016/04/21/hindsight-is-2020-napowrimo-day-21/

  37. […] NaPoWriMo 2016 – Day# 21: “Write from a minor character’s point of view” […]

  38. […] NaPoWriMo prompt was to write in the voice of a minor entity in some myth or fairy tale. It’s not exactly a […]

  39. S.G. Liput says:

    Here’s my version of Poe’s “The Raven” from a different perspective:
    https://sgliput.wordpress.com/2016/04/21/the-raven-1963/

  40. […] National Poetry Writing Month 2016 […]

  41. The other day I wrote a poem inspired by Gold Apple and Nine Peacocks (http://de-construct.net/e-zine/?p=8007). Well, here’s another one: http://natasa-summerblues.blogspot.rs/2016/04/the-old-witchs-mare.html

  42. Vijaya says:

    Hello!

    I’m finally posting the first of two poems I wrote today, while we were driving up to Toronto, but since I had no wifi, and didn’t want to over use my cellular provider, I waited till we reached here, had a nice evening with my in-laws, finished dinner, and are now ready to face our much-deserved (and completely anomalously early) night of rest.
    Here’s my first offering (the second one’s coming right up!):

    https://magicsurrealist2013.me/2016/04/21/what-the-pool-saw-poem-from-point-of-view-of-narcissus-pool/

    Thanks!
    Vijaya
    (Dreamer of Dreams)

  43. Vijaya says:

    Hello!

    Here’s my second poem on the same prompt, a sort of response to my Narcissus’ Pool poem above.

    https://magicsurrealist2013.me/2016/04/21/what-the-mountain-heard-poem-from-point-of-view-of-echos-mountains/

    Thanks!

    Vijaya
    (Dreamer of Dreams)

  44. […] poem for NaPoWriMo day 21 in the voice of an arguably minor character from the legend of Fionn mac […]

  45. I chose Mr. McGregor, Peter Rabbit’s enemy, to write about. Double Shadorma poem: https://leonaslines.com/2016/04/21/mr-mcgregor/

  46. […] Today’s Na/GloPoWriMo2016 challenge is to write a poem in the voice of a minor character from a fairy tale or myth. This is my take on the prompt: […]

  47. Grace Black says:

    Late on this one too. But I’m on to toady’s prompt now. Woohoo!
    https://graceblackwrites.com/2016/04/22/fossil/

  48. […] Day 21 for NaPoWriMo. Prompt: Write a poem from the perspective of a minor character. […]

  49. […] Day 21 of NaPoWriMo 2016. Prompt was to write a poem from a point of view of a minor character. I picked a panchtantra tale […]

  50. i’ve wanted to write about this character for a long time now! woohoo! :-)

    https://roomforrafflesia.wordpress.com/2016/04/21/quinlan/

  51. […] response to Napowrimo Day 21. (yes, catching up! […]

  52. […] good conversations to overhear in my study at 6 a.m., so I looked at the NaPoWriMo blog’s April 21 prompt from last year, which was to write a poem from the point of view of a minor character in a fairy tale or myth. I […]

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