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4 I am part of a lost generation and I refuse to believe that I can change the world I realize this may be a shock but “Happiness comes from within.” is a lie, and “Money will make me happy.” So in 30 years I will tell my children they are not the most important thing in my life My employer will know that I have my priorities straight because work is more important than family I tell you this Once upon a time Families stayed together but this will not be true in my era This is a quick fix society Experts tell me 30 years from now, I will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of my divorce I do not concede that I will live in a country of my own making In the future Environmental destruction will be the norm No longer can it be said that My peers and I care about this earth It will be evident that My generation is apathetic and lethargic It is foolish to presume that There is hope. And all of this will come true unless we choose to reverse it.

5 Reverse poems make sense when read frontwards and backwards. # main types of reverse poems: those that reverse line by line those that reverse word by word those that simply reverse the message without the above wordplay. There is no easy formula for writing reverse poems. Writing poetry to convey a single message is difficult, but reverse poems attempt to convey two messages at the same time, making the process exceptionally challenging. Read more: How to Write a Reverse Poem | eHow.com poem.html#ixzz2Ao7J49hdHow to Write a Reverse Poem | eHow.com poem.html#ixzz2Ao7J49hd

6 Find a subject matter or inspiration. Reverse poems typically utilize dichotomous ideas and complementary opposites like optimism and pessimism, good and evil, or light and dark. Although reverse poetry can be quite whimsical. Choose a passion of yours and write.

7 Write your poem entirely through. Don't worry about it making sense backwards at this point. Just get your thoughts down on paper. If you're just beginning to write reverse poems, start with shorter length poems, a stanza or two, before undertaking a more challenging project.

8 Review the poem to ensure it expresses your message OR the opposite of your ultimate message. Exact wording is not important at this stage, as it will need to be tweaked later.

9 Copy the first poem backwards, either line by line or word by word, depending on your artistic preference. You might need to change the lines to make it work backwards.

10 Begin to edit both poems simultaneously. Do they make sense? Do the poems complement each other and properly convey your messages? Remember that in reverse poetry you're actually writing two separate poems. It will take some trial and error before you find the perfect word arrangement that works seamlessly.

11 Let the reverse poem sit for at least 24 hours and edit it again. Then have a classmate, teacher or friend read the poem. Even the best writers need good editors. Often, and especially in the case of poetry, what makes sense in the writer's head may not convey to the reader. Don't shy from constructive criticism; use it to write better poems.

12 The Reverse Poem is NOT an Assigned Write – it is optional for those who might like to try it. It will also be worth up to 20 points of extra credit. You must submit the poem to turnitin.com by and share it with the class on Note: I don’t take ANY extra credit work late. The end. Amen. Use the rest of the period to work on poetry. Check Infinite Campus to see if you are missing any work. Get it done. Midterms start this week.


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