Walk into class with a complete draft of your persona poem.

The voice we hear in your poem is from a child laborer somewhere in today’s world.  Though the poem grows out of information you have read about such a person, you are not writing a news report.  This is not journalism, but poetry.  You decide which details to include, and how to shape or flavor them for your poem.

As you compose, consider these statements by fellow poets:

 It is difficult to get the news from poems,

but men die miserably every day

for lack of what is found there.

William Carlos Williams


The purpose of poetry is to remind us

 how difficult it is to remain just one person,

 for our house is open, there are no keys in the doors,

 and invisible guests in and out at will.

   Czelaw Milosz