Science, The Poetry of Reality

Science and poetry appear to be at odds. On one hand, science invites us to study the natural world. On the other, poetry seems to be a purely creative endeavor. However, what if I told you that some of the most beautiful poems are based on the exploration of the world around us. Seeing an aurora borealis, a butterfly or simply noticing the changing colors of the leaves in autumn has inspired many poets. So then  it stands to reason that the same curiosity that sparks great scientific minds has been used to give meaning to words through poetry.

A couple of years ago, Ruth Padel. British poet and writer with close connections to conservation, wildlife, Greece and music explained "Poetry was the first written way we addressed such questions as what is the world made of, and how did it come to be? In the sixth and fifth centuries BC, the pre-socratics reworked these questions, writing on physics, chemistry, geology, astronomy, theology, metaphysics and epistemology; and often in verse. Science was born in poetry."  

Based on this idea, and taking inspiration from Amanda Paul and Riya Singh, your task is to write and illustrate an original poem that clearly demonstrates your understanding of one scientific concept we have studied in class.

You will present your poem at our "Poetry Open Mic Exhibition."

Below, you will find some resources that will guide you in choosing the "right" poem type for you. Click on the A+ icon to find out how your poem will be evaluated.

Once you have decided on  your topic and type of poem, you may wish to follow the creative writing process to draft your poem. Don't forget to illustrate it and have fun as you explore your creative persona.

Can't wait to hear you perform at "Poetry Open Mic Exhibition"!