SHADOWING A POEM a poem is definitely not the same as copying one. We learn by shadowing great people, and as humans we all shadow others from our very first day. When we hear a "waltz" we know that the first person to write a waltz decided to have three beats to the bar, DUM di di etc, whilst other writers of music liked this and copied the style. Poetry is close to music and to song - yes and to dance - and so to pick up on the rhythm of a great poem and shadow the rhythm in a poem of our own is a great way to learn to write poetry of a rhythmic/metrical nature. You can start this experiment in a fun way by shadowing nursery rhymes - and this is great fun.
My own photo (near to my home)
By the waterfalls of Ilkley
My love and I did meet.
Her eyes were filled with loveliness;
Her cherry lips were sweet.
She warned me not to love her,
With a warning so severe,
But my heart told me otherwise
And my ears, they didn’t hear.
In spring, beneath the cherry trees
I looked at her again.
To tell me not to fall for her
Was to tell me quite in vain.
She warned me not to love her -
Her words were loud and clear -
But now I’m standing by the river
And without my Ruby dear.