An introduction to poetry

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An introduction to poetry

  1. 1. AN INTRODUCTION TO POETRY By Jane Doe
  2. 2. WHAT IS POETRY?
  3. 3. POETIC FORMS  Haiku  Sonnet  Cinquain  Quatrain  Acrostic
  4. 4.  Haiku is a Japanese form of poetry.  It is written with a total of 17 syllables  The format is 5/7/5 Listen to the sample… HAIKU
  5. 5.  The sonnet is a form that has 14 lines and uses end rhyme.  Some sonnets are written in this format: octet plus a sestet; others are written in three quatrains and a rhyming couplet-(two lines that rhyme).  Shakespeare was one of the more famous sonnet writers. THE SONNET
  6. 6.  Cinquain Poetry is made up of five, usually unrhymed, lines.  The lines are written with two, four, six, eight and two syllables, respectively. CINQUAIN Mother: Gentle woman, Always giving, loving; Inspiration, guidance, support; Mother.
  7. 7.  Like its name implies, the quatrain is a poem made up of four rhyming lines.  The usual rhyme scheme for this poem is abab.  The Butterfly & the Bee consists of one quatrain with the abab rhyme scheme, one with acac and a final quatrain with bdbd. QUATRAIN 1. Methought I heard a butterfly a 2. Say to a labouring bee: b 3. "Thou hast no colours of the sky a 4. On painted wings like me.“ b 1. "Poor child of vanity! those dyes, a 2. And colours bright and rare,“ c 3. With mild reproof, the bee replies, a 4. "Are all beneath my care. c 1. "Content I toil from morn to eve, b 2. And scorning idleness, d 3. To tribes of gaudy sloth I leave b 4. The vanity of dress.“ d William Lisle Bowles.
  8. 8. QUESTIONS?

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