"Cento" carries the idea of a "patchwork" ... it is created by choosing poem lines from some other poet's work (from one or more poems), rearranging those lines with each other (changing only punctuation, if needed), and creating a new poem with only that selected content. It allows for a closer look at the writing style of another poet and is a great way to find inspiration.The following cento is taken from poems by Robert Frost.
Sometimes when I watch trees sway,
straight up and down of tall slim trees,
my head sways to my shoulder,
my feet tug at the floor.
These dark days of autumn rain,
the bare, the withered tree,
the bark warping off it,
simple worsted gray
silver now, with clinging mist,
too much alike to mark or name a place by,
hide in the world,
and alter with age.
But a leaf that lingered brown
in the wood-world’s torn despair
comes softly rattling down
for a friendly visit.
[The Sound of the Trees; The Wood-Pile; My November Guest; The Lockless Door; A Late Walk; A Line-Storm Song; A Time to Talk]