As poets, we love words and delight in exploring nuances of language. This experiment is designed for exploring a word—this time, a word you just learned.
Read something you wouldn’t normally read—perhaps a medical journal, a Hindu text, an encyclopedia. Come across a word you don’t know the definition of.
Look up the definition. Read the definition written in several different dictionaries. Really familiarize yourself with how the word is used and the nuances of its meaning.
Create an acrostic poem: a poem in which the first letter of each line spells out a word, name, or phrase when read vertically. In this case, the first letters should spell out your new vocabulary word.
Things to consider:
Example word and poem:
a device such as a pattern of letters, ideas, or associations that assists in remembering something.: "the usual mnemonic for star types is O Be A Fine Girl Kiss Me".
aiding or designed to aid the memory.
Mother Never Eats Mandarin Oranges Near Improbable Corners
Mother takes her time with the cooking.
Never worries for her hunger, or ours. Our family
Eats in the dire straits of the evening, eats
Mandarin chicken thawed in ice water, drinks
Oranges juiced hours ago. Sometimes she wakes up
Near dawn like she would years ago, yawning for the
Improbable dead to answer. On these days I fold down
Corners in her recipe book.