Writing 101: A Poem a Day is a ten-day course that encourages participants to unleash their inner poet, regardless of their background and level of experience in writing verse (or lack thereof).

The assignments will consist of one-word prompts, designed to inspire you to write a new poem — as well as a few ideas on how to interpret them. Everyone is invited to give the daily prompts their own personal spin, and to write a poem in any style, genre, or form they feel like.

If you’d like to stretch your creative muscles and learn more about poetry along the way, the assignments will also include (totally optional) poetic devices and forms for you to explore. Don’t worry, you won’t have to confront these on your own — we’ll provide guidance and resources to help you incorporate these new (for some) elements into your work.


Poetry, Day Two: Face

For today’s poem, take a single face you know as your point of departure. It doesn’t even have to be a real-life, flesh-and-blood face you’re writing about. Faces are everywhere in the texture of our daily lives: from portraits in the museum to the banknotes in our wallets, and from billboards and street art to online profile pictures.

Grafitti art of multiple faces on a building facade

If you’d like to push yourself a bit further today, give alliteration a try — it’s a handy poetic device that involves repeating the same consonant sound multiple times. Want to learn more? Head to our poetry resource page.

Phrases and Quotes: alliteration examples

 Quotes and saying also make use of alliteration:

  • Busy as a bee
  • Dead as a doornail
  • Get your goat
  • Give up the ghost
  • Good as gold
  • Home sweet home
  • Last laugh
  • Leave in the Lurch
  • Living the life
  • Look to your laurels
  • Mad as a March hare
  • Make a mountain out of a molehill
  • Method to the madness
  • Moaning Minnie
  • Neck and neck
  • Not on your nelly
  • Out of order
  • Pleased as punch
  • Pooh-pooh
  • Primrose path
  • Right as rain
  • Right roughshod
  • Round Robin