Conceived in Light

Assignment: From primitive man to the craftsmen at Chartres Cathedral, from Galileo to Einstein, human beings have been fascinated by the properties of light. Compose a free-verse poem that incorporates or grows from an idea about light.

Process: Number from 1-20. Brainstorm 20 phrases that contain an idea about light, or refer to the appearance of light. Try to make each phrase as detailed as possible.


After you have generated a list, select a phrase or image that you consider unique.

Using the phrase you chose as a point of departure, draft a poem in free verse.

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*this phrase is from an essay on writing by Lance Morrow

Light Poem Example: Fire


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