A poem-a-day for National Poetry Month

Archive for April 8, 2011

Prompt #09: Metonymy

Today’s prompt brought to us by Shanna Germain:

We hear a lot about similes and metaphors when it comes to poetry, but we don’t often hear about metonymy. Metonymy is, according to Wikipedia, “a figure of speech used in rhetoric in which a thing or concept is not called by its own name, but by the name of something intimately associated with that thing or concept.” A good example is “drinking” which originally meant “to consume any liquid” and now typically means “to consume alcohol.”

Read all about Metonymy here.

Then read Out, Out by Robert Frost, as an example of a poem using metonymy.

Now, write your poem, either using metonymy for your subject matter or else talking about the idea of how one thing morphs into another through language and expression.


Reminders for Participants: You can post your poem below in the comments, offer a link back to your site where the poem is posted, or comment about the experience of writing the poem (without actually posting the poem). If you’re going to comment on other participant’s poems, please remember that this is not a critique space — comments should be kept thoughtful and supportive. Lastly, remember you don’t have to use the prompt to write your poem — they’re here for your inspiration but they’re certainly not a requirement.

Let the Wild Poeming Being!