Poetry Prompt: Propaganda


This post is part of a series of weekly found poetry prompts. If you have an idea for a found poetry source, email Senior Poetry Editor Beth Ayer

World War I and World War II saw the United States and other countries distributing thousands of poster designs urging citizens to join the military, or conserve food, or keep quiet.

This week, browse vintage propaganda posters to cull words and phrases. Repurpose the language you collect into a poem that reads like something other than war propaganda. Please share what you come up with in the comments!


  • June 5, 2015

    Shloka Shankar

    Hero Land

    Why not meet us in Hero Land?
    You’d GIVE and GIVE and GIVE!
    Let’s all do a super-bit now!

    Where do you fit?
    Do your duty! Learn a trade.
    If you only knew the
    elements of engraving –
    no longer out of a job.

  • […] Found Poetry Review The FPR is looking at propaganda posters. Beth gives us a wonderful link to a page of poster thumbnails — if you hover your cursor over a thumbnail, it will show you the text. Head over. (If you find a different prompt, Thursdays is changeover day.) […]

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  • June 5, 2015

    Barbara Crary

    Loose Lips