How to write a sensory poem

How to start?

  • Brainstorm the emotions Katniss experiences.
  • Choose one emotion for the poem.
  • Associate the emotion with the five senses (taste, smell, feel, sound, look).
  • The last line of the poem will include a metaphor of the emotion.

Writing template

Title (Emotion)

  • (First line) (Emotion) is (color)
  • (Second line) What does the emotion taste like?
  • (Third line) What does the emotion smell like?
  • (Fourth line) What does the emotion feel like?
  • (Fifth line) What does the emotion sound like?
  • (Sixth line) What does the emotion look like?
  • (Seventh line) (Emotion) is _____________(include a metaphor).

Example to look at

Frustration

Frustration is beige.

It tastes like burnt oatmeal

and smells like the pages between an old book.

It feels like choking and gasping for air in a smoke-filled room

and sounds like the drone of locusts on a summer’s day. (svärm av syrsor)

It looks like the fingernail dents in the palm of my hand

Frustration is an empty well at the edge of a desert.

 

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