A Reflection on Found Poems and “The Lightning Thief”

     Found Poetry is a fun and creative reading/writing activity that I am just now learning about. For those of you who didn’t know what they were either, found poems involve taking a literary work and creating a poem by shaping, rearranging, and stringing together words pulled from the pages. This often involves crossing out words and creating a poem out of what is left. This can be a great way to make beautiful poetry and explore your favorite works of literature. This is personally really difficult for me, but they are some great examples out there. This example comes from a friend of mine, and it was taken from the pages of Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief. If you’re not familiar with this popular young adult fantasy novel, check out my blog post or read a plot summary on the book. This is an excellent example of the inventive poetry that can be pulled from the very pages of your favorite works of literature.

Gears
Broken spears
What growl
A howl.
Looking straight yelled
The monster fell.
I was alive, underneath the ruins
Until it disappeared
A trident.
-By Elizabeth Martin, taken from pages 124-125 of Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief
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