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Composing from poetry and prose

A beginner’s guide to using poetry and prose as a stimulus for composition

Wondering where to start with teaching composing to your students? Poetry and prose can provide the perfect stimulus for composition. In this guide, Debbie MacVicar guides you through how to use a poem as inspiration for the themes, concepts and sounds of a new work.


Debbie MacVicar is the Faculty Head of Performing Arts at Lourdes Secondary.

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