Story telling and poetry have been intrinsically linked since the beginning, the oldest European literature are epic poems that were handed down in an oral tradition for centuries. They told great tales of gods and heros.

Romantics put legends of the British Isles into story and poetry with their own mythos added and many a children’s book has done the same.

Now it is your turn.

Except take the myth and look at the underlying story – how would this story work within a modern context? Could it work? If not why and how would it differ?

This exercise is likely to produce a narrative style poem but does not have to and you might want to keep that in mind as you write.