READ AND WRITE A POEM

In order to be fully appreciated, poems must be read slowly and carefully. This site stimulates you to do so. Every day, a new poem from the rich inventory of English poetry is presented, but not completely: you have to write part of the lines yourself!

In fact, this is a kind of game. The missing words are shown in a list and you have to put them in the right order. If you opt for the expert version, the list will also contain a couple of misleading words. In case of a mistake, you get another chance, with easier choices, but you lose points. Guessing the author correctly yields extra points.

The initial score is 100 points. If the final score is more than 50 points, your reward is a short bonus poem.

Play today's poem or one of last week's poems by clicking the appropriate button.

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