The Opposite of Loneliness
Step 1: After reading Keegan’s “The Opposite of Loneliness,” challenge Keegan’s assertion that there is no word for the opposite of loneliness. What word is a suitable antonym for loneliness? How does the word you choose articulate the “elusive, indefinable” feeling Keegan describes?
Step 1: Everyone defines abstract terms differently. Happiness to one person may mean something entirely different to someone else. Write an extended definition poem of an abstract concept (good, evil, guilt, innocence, right, wrong, loneliness, etc) to get readers to understand YOUR definition. Use any poetic form that will substantially explain the abstract concept (This means no haikus…). If you want your poem to rhyme, that is fine. Rhyming, however, is not a requirement. Make sure to use CONCRETE details in your poem (Details that call upon the five senses).
Step 2: Respond to at least one other poet. Do you agree or disagree with your fellow poet’s definition? Explain your response. Is your fellow poet’s poem too abstract? How could they develop the concrete details in their writing to make their definition clearer to readers?