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Narrative Forms

First Person : When I got home from the store, I ate the whole box of cookies. Later, I felt sick. I know it's nobody's fault but my own.
Second Person : When you get home from the store, you eat the whole box of cookies. Later, you feel sick. You know it's nobody's fault but your own.
Third Person : When Bob got home from the store, he ate the whole box of cookies. Later, he felt sick. "Nobody's fault but my own," he thinks to himself.

Example of Free Verse in First Person Narrative

Last night I dreamed of X again
She’s like a stain on my subconscious sheets
Years ago she penetrated me
but though I scrubbed and scrubbed and scrubbed
I never got her out
but now I’m glad.
-from A Color of the Sky, Tony Hoagland

Example Prose Poem in First Person Narrative

Here comes your neighbor driving up a luxury sedan just like your luxury sedan except he paid extra for the little headlight wipers and the gold linked license plate frame—and you didn’t. You thought they were extraneous, a little much… and now your neighbor comes rubbering by, waving real slow, doing the grown-up equivalent of “ha-ha!” which is basically, “ha-ha! I am worth more than you.”
-from Empress of Sighs, by Beth Lisick

Example Short Story Form </>

We all assumed that Tom would come back after a week or two of being on Mars, but something about it must have really struck him, because we quickly realized he was never coming back, not unless the Earth got all dried up and turned red, and changed its name to Mars. Then maybe he’d come back, but then what would be the point?
-from Wild Horses, by Gabriel Marc Delhaye

Example First-Person Monologue

I wasn’t supposed to come back after Christmas vacation, on account of I was flunking four subjects and not applying myself and all. They gave me frequent warnings to start applying myself… but I didn’t do it. So I got the axe. They give guys the axe quite frequently at Pencey. It has a very good academic rating, Pencey. It really does.
-from A Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger



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