This particular creative project is all about the public expressing their thoughts through poetry in an online context. We wanted each person to add either one line of poetry or one stanza (depending on the style) to each poem, along with their profession and where they live in brackets after each new line. Ideas could be as abstract as the individual wanted as long as they gave an opinion of the recession and adhere to the format of each style of poem (ie: using the correct number of syllables etc)

Here are a couple of responses for each format of poetry including an explanation of each task. These poems are still works in progress and we hope to gain more insight from people in order that we can further our own poetry writing.

Satirical poetry

Poetry can be a powerful vehicle for satire. The punch of an insult delivered in verse can be many times more powerful and memorable than that of the same insult, spoken or written in prose. The Romans had a strong tradition of satirical poetry, often written for political purposes. A very common, almost defining feature of satire is its strong vein of irony or sarcasm, but parody, burlesque, exaggeration, juxtaposition, comparison, analogy, and double entendre are all frequently used in satirical speech and writing.

We contributed the first two lines of this satirical poem in order to get everyone started. We wanted each person to contribute one line each. There was no specific syllable requirement.

Mr prime minister save us from this void

I’ve saved the world my dear civilian: you’ll soon be satisfied.

(Student, Egham)

Cape-it-all-listless blows; dull, drums soldier, toyed.

(Jamie KK Wright)

Fleeting, the zephyr whirled, all sibylline; and fickle Fate has sighed!

(Darren Paskell)


A Shakespearean sonnet consists of 14 lines, each line contains ten syllables, and each line is written in iambic pentameter in which a pattern of a non-emphasized syllable followed by an emphasized syllable is repeated five times. The rhyme scheme in a Shakespearean sonnet is ABAB CDCD EFEF GG, in which the last two lines are a rhyming couplet.

We contributed the first two lines of this sonnet just to get everyone started. For this poem we wanted each person to contribute one line each.

A superior sneer: wizened, revered

Papery purple silver green, grasping

(Student, Egham)

A-trophy: muscles, of Time, made; arreared:

(Jamie KK Wright)

Paupery palpable in vein, gasping!

(Darren Paskell)


is a form of Japanese poetry. Each stanza has three metrical phrases with the same pattern of syllables. 5 (first line), 7 (second line), and 5 (third or last line).

We contributed the first stanza of this haiku just to get everyone started. For this poem we wanted each person to contribute one line each.

Earn more never stop

scrimping scraping saving: slave

to the paper pound.

(Student, Egham)

Sterling efforts make

(Jamie KK Wright)

Printing; passing pulp-fiction

(Darren Paskell)

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