IntroductionMany students do not enjoy poetry. There are many reasons for this.• They are sometimes difficult to understand• They often centre around emotions• They have a lot of rules that one has to follow when writing them
In this unit we will be studying several different types of poetry. Maybe you will find one that you like.The first one is called Free Verse
Free VerseFree Verse is a form of Poetry composed of either rhymed or unrhymed lines that have no set fixed metrical pattern. The early 20th-century poets were the first to write what they called "free verse" which allowed them to break from the formula and rigidity of traditional poetry.
Here is an example of a Free Verse Poem Song of Myself by Walt Whitman I celebrate myself, and sing myself, And what I assume you shall assume, For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you. I loaf and invite my soul,I lean and loaf at my ease observing a spear of summer grass.
Poetry is an art form thatexpresses beauty and emotionsby narrating, describing, arguing or defining.
One aspect of some poetry is it’s rhythm. A Haiku focuses on rhythm.
Haiku Poetry is Japanese poems composed of three unrhymed lines of five, seven, and five syllables. Haiku poetry originated in thesixteenth century and reflects on some aspect of nature and creates images.
None is travelling In the cicadas cry by Theres no sign that can Basho foretell How soon it must die. None is travelling Here along this way but I, Povertys child - This autumn evening. he starts to grind the rice, and gazes at the moon. The first day of the year:thoughts come - and there is loneliness; Wont you come and see the autumn dusk is here. loneliness? Just one leaf from the kiri tree. An old pond A frog jumps in - Temple bells die out. Splash! The fragrant blossoms remain. Lightening - A perfect evening! Herons cry Stabs the darkness Clouds come from time to time - and bring to men a chance to rest from looking at the moon.
Write a Haiku to create an image inyour readers mind of an aspect of nature. Remember 5 syllables 7syllables 5 syllables
Acrostic PoemsAn acrostic poem, sometimes called a namepoem, uses a word for its subject. Then eachline of the poem begins with a letter from thesubject word. This type of poetry doesnt haveto rhyme.
SacrificeSimply what had to be done.Also hard, but if youCareRemember, be readyIncase the day comes whenFriends, family, fellows find themselvesIn need.Care. AndEveryone can make a difference.
Making an Acrostic Metaphor PoemStep one – Pick a one wordtopic related to schoolStep two - Make a line startingwith each letter of the word youchoose
Shabonee is where I goComputers, spirals, books, and moreHomework every nightOn math, science, reading, and social studiesOur class does lots of fun projectsLearning never stops
There was an Old Man with a beard,Who said, It is just as I feared!Two Owls and a Hen,Four Larks and a Wren,Have all built their nests in mybeard!By Edward Lear
There was a Young Lady of Norway,Who casually sat on a doorway;When the door squeezed her flat,She exclaimed, What of that?This courageous Young Lady of Norway.By Edward Lear
There once was an old man of the islesWho suffered severely from pilesHe couldn’t sit downWithout a deep frownSo he had to row standing for milesBy Natalie Moffitt
An exceedingly fat friend of mine,When asked at what hour hed dine,Replied, "At eleven,At three, five, and seven,And eight and a quarter past nine.Anonymous
Try completing this limerick.There once was a pauper named MegWho accidentally broke her _______.She slipped on the ______.Not once, but thriceTake no pity on her, I __________.How would you illustrate thislimerick?
There was a young lady whose chinResembled the point of a pin;So she had it made sharp,and purchased a harp,And played several tunes with her chin
There was a young lady named KiteWhose speed was much faster than light.She left home one dayIn a relative wayAnd returned on the previous night.
Making a limerick• Think of a funny story (appropriate for school)• Plan the picture• Write it out in 5 lines• Make the lines rhyme• Fix the rhythm
A list poem is one of the easiestkinds of poems to write because it doesnt require either rhythm orrhyme. But that doesnt mean you can write anything down helter skelter. Heres a list of elements that makes a list poem a poem instead of just a list:
1) The writer is telling yousomething--pointing somethingout--saying, "Look at this," or,"Think about this."2) Theres a beginning and end toit, like in a story.3) The list is arranged with stylisticconsistency and the words arearranged to create a parallelstructure.
Examples of a List PoemWhat Bugs MeWhen my teacher tells me to write a poemtonight.When my mother tells me to clean up my room.When my sister practices her violin while Imwatching TV.When my father tells me to turn off the TV and domy homework.When my brother picks a fight with me and I haveto go to bed early.When my teacher asks me to get up in front of theclass and read the poem I wrote on the schoolbus this morning.
1) It tells you whats bugging me.2) It tells you that I wasnt thrilledwith the assignment of writing apoem and I got distracted at homeand had to write the poem on thebus the next morning.3) Every line has the samestructure: "When my ____ doessomething to me."
Whatifby Shel SilversteinLast night, while I lay thinking here,some Whatifs crawled inside my earand pranced and partied all night longand sang their same old Whatif song:Whatif Im dumb in school?Whatif theyve closed the swimming pool?Whatif I get beat up?Whatif theres poison in my cup?Whatif I start to cry?Whatif I get sick and die?Whatif I flunk that test?Whatif green hair grows on my chest?Whatif nobody likes me?Whatif a bolt of lightning strikes me?Whatif I dont grow talle?Whatif my head starts getting smaller?Whatif the fish wont bite?Whatif the wind tears up my kite?Whatif they start a war?Whatif my parents get divorced?Whatif the bus is late?Whatif my teeth dont grow in straight?Whatif I tear my pants?Whatif I never learn to dance?Everything seems well, and thenthe nighttime Whatifs strike again!
Examples of a List Poem My Noisy Brother He slurps when he eats cereal in the morning. He gargles milk. He burps after eating. He cracks his knuckles. He whistles. He snaps his fingers. He squawks when hes mad. He snores at night.
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“If I was invisible…..”“If I was really tall…..”“If I could travel back in time….”“If I could fly….”“If I could have one wish….”“If I was always on time…”“If I was older….”“If I did not have to be here rightnow I would be…”“If I……”
Tongue Twister PoetryBetty Botter So she boughtBetty Botter a bit of butter,bought some butter. better than"But," she said, her bitter butter."the butters bitter. And she put itIf I put it in her batter,in my batter, and the batterit will make was not bitter.my batter bitter. So twas betterBut a bit Betty Botterof better butter-- bought a bitthat would make of better butter!my batter better." --By Anonymous
Concrete PoemsConcrete poetry is a poetry that takes the shape of the topic. Itis sometimes also called visual poetry, pattern poetry or shapepoetry.It can include specific rhyme or rhythm patterns, but there isnot a set format required.
Here are some links to great examples of concrete poems http://www.literacyrules.com/concrete_poems.htm http://oregonstate.edu/~smithc/vita/concrpoe.html
Final Project Time1. Pick a theme2. Pick four types of poetry that you have studied3. Create rough drafts for your poetry4. Check your rubric5. Put your good drafts on a sheet of 11 X 146. Hand it in for a mark