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To, On, For, Regarding: Prompt

Anniversary Alert: Phillis Wheatley's book of poetry, Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral, was published on September 1, 1773.


Phillis Wheatley, one of America's greatest and first poets, wrote about Virtue (with a capital V). Her poem is very much of its time: it rhymes, it focuses on an intangible, the language is extremely formal, and celestial beings. But the complexity and the poet's own struggle with Virtue (as well as Chastity and Goodness) is timeless.


This week's prompt asks you to stay in our time, but to take your inspiration from Wheatley's poem posted today on this blog.


Write a poem that is to, on, for, or regarding an intangible. However, fill your poem with tangible images, specific details, and/or a particular narrative that expresses your perspective on the intangible topic.


The photo below is a statue representing Justice in Florence, Italy.



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