I Poem for Two Voices

created by Dr. Beth Frye

Appalachian State University


Stanza One



I am


I am


And we are

And we are


I live


Whereas I live


I wonder


While I wonder


I hear


But I hear


I see


However, I see


I want


Yet I want


I am


I am


Similarly we

Similarly we









Stanza Two








I always


On the other hand, I always


I pretend


While I pretend


I feel


Yet I feel


I touch


While I touch


I worry


Yet I worry


I cry


But I cry


I excel


Whereas I excel


I am


I am


And we both

And we both












Stanza Three




I understand


While I understand


I say


Yet I say


Im as ________ as ________



Whereas Im as _______as______


I dream


But I dream


I try


Although I try


I hope


While I hope


I was once


Whereas I was once


I am


I am


And most importantly we

And most importantly we



















I am (two special characteristics)

And we are (how the two are the same)

I live (where you live-this may include your habitat, or city, state, country, etc.)    

I wonder (something you are actually curious about)       

I hear (an imaginary sound)       

I see (an imaginary sight)          

I want (an actual desire)                                   
I am (the first line of the poem restated)

Similarly we (how the two are the same; can be restated or new information)



I always (what you are known for)

I pretend (something you actually pretend to do)
I feel (a feeling about something imaginary)
I touch (an imaginary touch)
I worry (something that really bothers you)
I cry (something that makes you very sad)

I excel (something you are good at doing)
I am (the first line of the poem repeated)

And we both (how the two are the same; can be restated or new information)



I understand (something you know is true)
I say (something you believe in)

Im as _____as (a simile)
I dream (something you actually dream about)
I try (something you really make an effort about)
I hope (something you actually hope for)

I was once (describes how you have changed)
I am (the first line of the poem repeated)

And most importantly we (the most important way that represents how the two are the same)



You choose from the following transition words:


      For comparison: like, same, both, the same as, similar, in the same way, most important, similarly, as, too, have in common, as well as.


      For contrast: although, however, differ, unlike, even though, yet, but, instead, on the contrary, on the other hand, whereas, while, unless, contrary to, the reverse.