Famous Starts With Humble Endings

Famous Starts is a game to spur creativity and inspiration. Choose the first line of famous poems without looking at the next line. Then, write your own next line! Please share your own Famous Starts in the comments! (Credit to Glyn Maxwell for the idea.)

For the record, my son was horrified I used comic sans in the image. Hopefully, our attempts at this game won’t be quite as bad as all that!

Had we but world enough, and time
I would kiss you until you were mine.

Andrew Marvell, To His Coy Mistress
Thus, though we cannot make our sun
This longing burns as though we’re one

Andrew Marvell, To His Coy Mistress
He actually uses enjambment in his last two lines here. It works well, so I tried to do it.

Thus, though we cannot make our sun
Light the corners of your tiny heart
We can bring warmth and a flare of
Sorts to make of our love a blazing torch.

Ach. Not great, but not awful either. It was harder to do once I’d seen his words, so no peeking!

There’s a certain Slant of light,
It crawls inside my eye to pout
And nibble at each inner thought.

Emily Dickinson, of course. That first line is unmistakable; it’s the capitalization. I laughed when I finished writing this one. It felt…subversive to write something quirky when her work is usually so staid.

I deliberately did NOT share their famous next lines, so you can write your own. Let me know how the writing goes in the comments!

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