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Patchwork Poetry

No. of Players: 1+
Type of Game: written
What you need: pen and paper


To compose a poem using lines from other poems.

How to play

This game can be a challenge to yourself, or a way to entertain others in a group setting. Each player creates an original poem composed of lines taken from existing poetry and then reads their creation out loud to the other players. This game is most enjoyable when the lines are taken from poetry that is well-known to all players. Players can vote on their favorite composition at the end.


Abby's audience is a group of children, so she decides to entertain them by intermingling Clement Clarke Moore's A Visit from St. Nicholas with Ernest Thayer's Casey at the Bat:

'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house,
The outlook wasn’t brilliant for the Mudville nine that day.
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse,
The score stood four to two, with but one inning more to play.

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
They thought, “If only Casey could but get a whack at that—
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there,
We’d put up even money now, with Casey at the bat."

And so on.

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