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How to write a Verbatim poem

Extract a whole passage of text from writing that is not meant to be poetic, and add line breaks.


  • Add your own words
  • Delete words to change the meaning of the text
  • Cherry pick words and phrases to force a poem that really wasn't there
  • Take text from a poetic source such as a poem, song lyrics or a novel


Other ways to create a Verbatim Poem

We also accept extracted poems – where similar elements found in one place are composed together. For example, lines from this list of famous last words might be shaped into a sonnet.