Help needed writing a Greek poem In ''It's Greek To Me,''we are asked to write a poem derived from or inspired by characters or situations from Greek mythology.  Do I need to use Greek words in writing the poem and how do I use the characters or situations to write the poem?  I really need help on this.

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I have to agree that asking your instructor is the safest bet when one has trouble understanding an assignment. Many Greek poems (and texts) follow a hero through challenges. Others examine the creation of something (think Echo and Narcissus). One suggestion could be to pick something and write how you think it came to exist.

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Go back and ask your teacher if he/she has some reading material you could borrow or suggestions on what you could read.  If not, go to any library and find a story about a particular character.  There are shorter Greek myths than say the Iliad or the Odyssey.  If all else fails, read one of those two classics.  I also liked Jason and the Golden Fleece.   

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First of all, you should ask your instructor or teacher to clarify the usage of actual Greek words in your poem.  Once you've established that fact, choose your favorite character from a myth based upon what you think they did that was extraordinary.  Then, pick a particular situation they were in that impressed you and start writing.  As you write, relive the character's participation in the event and what they he/she did that amazed you. Use descriptive words, colorful imagery, and poetic devices.  If you want, focus on one or two character traits that were admirable and that show their heroism.  Maybe the story you've chosen has a moral that could be learned by others. 

Don't choose the title of your poem until you've finished writing your rough draft. Reread it, proofread it, edit it, and then rewrite it in finished form.  Make sure it is easy to read, flows smoothly, and conveys the message you're trying to give.  Then and only then give your piece a title that will capture its essence.  

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While you'd have to ask your instructor to be certain, I wouldn't think you would have to use Greek words in writing the poem. (Unless, of course, the class is in Greek.) Beyond that, you really just need to focus on one specific Greek myth. Many of them are very compelling and should be quite easy to write about.

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