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I Know You! Poetry Prompt

If you haven't already, read Rita Dove's poem, Quaker Oats, which I also posted today. You can also look up Robert Hayden's brilliant Aunt Jemima of the Ocean Waves and Denise Duhamel's Barbie poems (click here for Buddhist Barbie) for more wonderful poems to inspire you.


This week, write a poem (or story or essay) that uses a well-known fictional character in some way. Dove turns the Quaker Oats man into a menacing figure in a poem about America. Hayden imagines a conversation with Jemima that examines race. Duhamel's Barbie poems focus on gender and sexism. Although the poets use these characters in their poems, those characters are not the point of the poems.


At a loss for a character? Try one of these:


Mr. Clean

Flo (Progressive Insurance)

Madge (Palmolive)

Strawberry Shortcake

Mr. Whipple (Charmin Toilet Paper)

Nipper (RCA)

G. I. Joe

Juan Valdez (National Federation of Coffee Growers of Colombia)

Morton Salt Girl

Morris (9 Lives Cat Food)

Energizer Bunny

Toucan Sam (Fruit Loops)

Ronald MacDonald and other characters (MacDonalds)

Captain Crunch

Loneliest Repairman (Maytag)

Cabbage Patch Kid

Annie (Popeye's Chicken)

Hello Kitty

Mr. Peanut (Planters)

Jolly Green Giant

Tony the Tiger (Frosted Flakes)

Coppertone Girl

Gordon's Fisherman

Singing Snacks (Let's Go Out to the Movies)

Major Matt Mason

Gecko (Geico)

Leo the Lion (MGM)

Chatty Cathy

Lumberjack (Brawny Paper Towels)

Betty Crocker

Clippy (Microsoft Word)

Pillsbury Dough Boy

Rosie (Bounty Paper Towels)

My Little Pony

King (Burger King)

Marlboro Man

M&Ms Spokescandies

Chester Cheetah (Cheetos)

Gumby and Pokey

Fred the Baker (Dunkin' Donuts)

Kitty Cat Klock

Buster Brown (Brown Shoes)

Lucky Charms Leprechaun

Mrs. Beasley



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