1. Consider one of the three themes discussed: love, death, birth. Choose one.
2. Write about a page describing the action of a character, a person you know, yourself, or evoking images for use in a poem. While writing, try to express the theme you have chosen through this mundane action. The action might be:
a) farming or gardening; b) taking pictures; c) organizing a stamp collection; d) knitting a blanket; e) playing baseball; f) making tea.
While writing this page, do not mention in your writing death, birth or love. You should instead simply have the idea in your head, have its feeling in your mind. Your theme should unfold naturally from this piece of writing, rather than make a glaring appearance that leaves the reader little doubt of the intended meaning.
From "Structure, Style and Theme" by Adrianne Finlay, in Creative Writing Guidebook, edited by Graeme Harper (Continuum).
Source Citation:Finlay, Adrianne. "An exercise on theme.(AN OPEN BOOK)(Brief article)." The Writer 122.7 (July 2009): 8. Popular Magazines. Gale. BROWARD COUNTY LIBRARY. 29 May 2009
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