Found Poem Assignment
A Found Poem is a poem that is created by using an existing literary work
and creating a new poem from it. While the words used in the poem are not your
own, the combination that you, the poet, uses to express your vision is original.
Choose a theme from William Golding’s novel Lord of the Flies, and create
a found poem. Perhaps you want to focus on a symbol from the story like the fire,
the conch, or the beastie. Perhaps you’d like to focus on a specific character like
Jack, Ralph, Piggy or Simon. Or perhaps you’d like to focus on a theme like
isolation, fear or chaos. Whatever direction you choose to go, choose passages,
quotes, and words from Golding’s novel and arrange them in a way that is poetic
Here is an example of a Found Poem using text from Louis Sachar’s novel
Holes. This is from page 127 of the novel.
Passage from Novel:
There was a change in the weather. For the worse. The air became unbearably
humid. Stanley was drenched in sweat. Beads of moisture ran down the handle of
his shovel. It was almost as if the temperature had gotten so hot that the air itself
was sweating. A loud book of thunder echoed across the empty lake. A storm was
way off to the west, beyond the mountains. Stanley could count more than thirty
seconds between the flash of lightning and the clap of thunder. That was how far
away the storm was. Sound travels a great distance across a barren wasteland.
There was a change
For the worse.
The air became humid
Beads of moisture ran down
The air itself, sweating
Thunder echoed across the lake.
A storm beyond the mountains.
And the thunder
Sound travels a great distance
Across a barren wasteland
Now try the same technique using Lord of the Flies. Your poem should have at
least 20 lines, and no line should be more than eight words long. Feel free to
repeat a line or two if you think it will add to your poem. Your poem need not
rhyme. Just be original!