Poem on how people find ways to distract themselves: polticans, wars, etc..from real issues by clubbing, sex, drugs, iPods, etc.Please write my poem for me

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accessteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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The best starting point for you to write this poem would be your own ideas and opinions. What do you think about this issue? What do you think the biggest distraction that we use in our day-to-day lives is? You might find that an excellent start for your poem. At the end of the day a poem is a very personal piece of literature, so the only person that can write this for you would be you yourself.

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One thing I recommend is writing a simple paragraph that incorporates your themes, and then slicing it up to see how it might work as a poem. Also check out thesaurus.com if you need different words, and rhymezone.com for rhymes.

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clairewait | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Considering that this Friday is Dr. Suess' birthday, it might be fun to write this poem in his classic/childish writing style, using rhyming couplets.  Suess was also a master at calling attention to social conventions and often controversies in a way that was innocent, entertaining, and yet memorable.

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vangoghfan | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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If you want some good models of how to write satirical poems in language that is both clear and clever, I suggest you take a look at the collected poems of Philip Larkin. Larkin was often a witty social commentator, and he had a wry view of society. Here's a link to a poem in which Larkin comments on how the desire to be liked causes us to sacrifice opportunities to be alone and to spend our time in more thoughtful ways: http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/178056

Langston Hughes might also be a good model. He is often both satirical and colloquial.

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rrteacher | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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This is a major theme in Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. People have become so absorbed in their (non-print) media that they do not deal with each other as individuals. Montag's wife, who spends her time watching the TV wall, is a prime example of this. Reading this book could be inspirational if you are trying to write a poem, as it carries the possible impact of mass media to its worst possible conclusion.

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tinicraw | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Great posts!  Also, watch the news! Last night on our late night news they gave a total number of people who have been hit by city buses because they were walking along read, texting, or listening to music.  I think that they said about 7-10 people had actually died last year because they weren't paying attention! Think of the consequences that might be the result of escapism or distractions. Some may be good and some bad; it's definitely an interesting topic.

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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We cannot write the poem, but I suggest you spend some time people watching.  Watch your classmates in class try to avoid work, or watch people try to distract themselves from boredom.  Then connect that to the larger idea of watching reality television and movies to avoid thinking about the world.

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readerofbooks | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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We cannot write you poem, but we can give you ideas. Here are some ideas. There was a book written a while ago by Neil Postman and the title of the book was: Amusing Ourselves to Death. This title can be a good starting point. We are so bombarded with media and the "newest" things that we rarely have time to life. It is the preoccupation of things and take all of our time.

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booboosmoosh | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator Emeritus

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Sorry, as noted, we cannot write your poem for you. I would, however, think of things you equate with all the issues and items you listed. See what they have in common, imagine the cause and effect of each, and write some statements about each. If you're trying to make the lines rhyme, try to move the order of the words in the sentences so that the last line of one line rhymes with the end of another line.

Organize your ideas and keep them together in stanzas (which are often four lines in length, but not always). You might even want to look at some other poets. Your poem doesn't have to be difficult or long. It can be simply, perhaps like something Shel Silverstein has written. Keep your poem as simple as possible, and I would think you will be just fine.

We cannot write a poem for you.

We really wish we could.

But since we can't, you should try...

I really wish you would.

Keep it simple.

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