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February 2014 Because this thread was originally called "Poetry Chain" it was mistaken for a "game" along the same lines as the Book or Song Chain threads, and was moved into the games thread in Anything but Books. As it has always worked as a thread to share poems, rather than just make lists I have re-titled it and returned it to the Poetry & Drama Forum. It will work as it has always done - rather than post a poem totally at random, each one must connect with the previous one by including a word they have in common. The linking word should stand out by being in Bold, (or capital letters) megustaleer (moderator) Don't know if we have enough people wandering through the poetry section to make this work, but I thought it might be interesting to try. (If it doesn't "run" - I'll come back when we reach 1000 members, and try it again ) This is very similar to the Book Chain or the Song Chain threads - except based on actual chunks of poetry, rather than titles. (Borrowed this from the forum at the ShipofFools website.) The idea is that I will post up a short extract from a poem - maybe four or five lines or so, nothing too big or unwieldy. The next person to come along has to post up another extract, from a different poem, which has a word in common with the first extract. (A distinctive, interesting word, please, rather than "and" or "the", or similar ) The person after that posts another extract, which has a word in common with the second persons extract. Does that make sense? If you post the title and poet of the extract too, then we have the chance to go away and look it up, and maybe discover some new poetry along the way. Also helpful if you can highlight for us what the repeated word is, perhaps. Extracts don't have to be the start of a poem, they can be taken from the middle or end too) I think it might be quite hard....so feel free to use such reference tools as you see fit - maybe better if it is a poem is one you are at least slightly familiar with though, rather than something found completely at random on Google! If you can find extracts with several words, or a short phrase in common with the previous one, then you get tons of extra points, (though no-one is counting!) and you can go around all day feeling very smug! So the first extract is something well known and very appropriate to the time of year: I wandered lonely as a cloud That floats on high o'er vales and hills, When all at once I saw a crowd, A host, of golden daffodils; Beside the lake, beneath the trees, Fluttering and dancing in the breeze. (by William Wordsworth - the title is the first line, I think, though it also gets called "Daffodils" - Click the link to read the rest of it!) Any takers??