Grapes of Wrath Chapter 7 Write #4 Found Poem Read chapter 7 of Grapes of Wrath. This chapter is essentially a “Found Poem” - fragments of language in the form of conversations, signs, lists, descriptions, and commentary arranged in a way that creates a living poem, a portrait in words, of the place and time that is the subject of the chapter. Your task is to imitate the style of this chapter; choose a place that can provide enough sensory “input” from which you can create a new, original found poem. Spend some time in the chosen place making observations as you write down what you see, hear and think. Arrange the notes you take into an original, creative work, in free verse. Here are some things to look for: Signs, posters, flyers, ads, graffiti Actual conversation (record pieces of conversation-not entire dialogue) Caution: do not invade others’ privacy - get what you can without being annoying Lists of things you observe, especially things that have some logical groupings - like items for sale, different kinds of plants, makes of cars, types of packages Descriptions of people Commentary - you personal observations about what you see. Tips on writing your finished piece: Repetition - repeating similar sounds or similar words can create a rhythm that works in poetry Lists - the idea of listing or cataloguing items to make a long list is a technique used by many poets such as Walt Whitman, to create a sound and a collective image Research - look up technical names or brand names or words unique to the situation you are observing; these technical words or jargon add authenticity and authority to your observations.