Forms of Poetry
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About Me Poetry: The directions were as follows: Write a paragraph about yourself. Put some poetic language in to describe something in the paragraph. When you read this poem and others you will realize that when you do poetry all year the kids can and will apply it to everything.
When I cry my heart beat pounds in sadness. When I get hurt it stings, but it does go away because of the kiss of love from my mother. My mom kisses me and I feel like a bird singing in its nest. I go to the pool with my dad and I feel as strong as a grizzly bear. But, when I'm with Mrs. Stein I feel like glimmering stars are watching over me.
Top By: Jenna
can be done on any subject you wish. All you do is make a list of
what you learned.
Sugar cane, pineapples
Deepest blue water
Necklaces of orchids
Lush, green, bright flowers
Top By: Daniel
Parts of Speech: A parts of speech poem has five lines.
Line 1 is one article and 1 noun.
Line 2 is an adjective, a conjunction, and another adjective.
Line 3 is one verb, one conjunction and one verb.
Line 4 is one adverb.
Line 5 is one noun or pronoun that relates to line one
|I Used To...But
the kids use to not enjoy doing, or eating, etc. But now they have
learned to like it.
I used to hate
ABC Poetry : An ABC poem has 5 lines that create a mood, picture, or feeling.
Lines 1 through 4 are made up of words, phrases or clauses - and the first word of each line is in alphabetical order from the first word. Line 5 is one sentence, beginning with any letter.
a color and describe or compare things that have that color.
comes from Santa’s red cheeks
|Moment Poetry: Discuss
the word moment. Then asked the kids to choose a piece of paper, that
you have put into a box, with different titles on it.. (My Sickest
Moment, My Happiest Day, My Saddest Day, The Best Day of My Life, The
Worst Day of My Life, etc. They are to write on what they have
chosen. But ask the children to move you with emotion when you read
this. Feel what they feel. Make you feel emotional!
My Saddest Moment
I see her everyday.
I always ask her if she is feeling better.
It's always the same answer...no.
In the middle of the night
I hear crying.
It's my dad sitting by the window crying,
the phone's on the floor.
I ask dad why he is crying.
He tells me that grandma died.
I run up the stairs and jump onto
my bed and began to cry.
My grandma will have a better life
without any pain.
But, I miss her
so very much.
(This really didn't happen, Kerri told me later on, but it sure moved my emotions and brought me into tears!)
|Question Poetry: This
poetry pattern can be used to question anyone or anything. It can
be rhyming or free verse.
Why are you so sad?
Why aren't you glad?
Did someone hurt you?
I am sad because my family
has been cut down.
Nobody has hurt me yet!!
I have a solution!
We'll help stop pollution
By sending a note
To the President.
Plant more trees
and don't cut them down.
Then you will be able to grow
Help keep our planet safe
By cleaning the air.
Now I will have a good life.
|Free Verse: An easy definition of free verse would be prose written rich in imagery and broken up with line breaks instead of punctuation and paragraphing.|
humorous format contained in a single quatrain and composed of two
rhyming couplets. The rhyme scheme is a-a-b-b with lines of uneven
Our Preschool teacher, Mrs. Brandi
Made me feel very handy.
But, when she made us do circle time
I felt that it was a big crime.
|Quatrain: 4 line
Formed by two rhyming couplets. Easy! This pattern is called a a b b. The first line rhymes with the second and the third line rhymes with the fourth line. Other quatrain patterns are a b a b, a b b a, and a b c b.
|Inside Outside Poetry:
Inside - Outside Poetry first describes someone as the person he or she thinks other people might see, focusing on those things which they don't especially like. The second stanza then describes the person as the perfect boy or girl of their dreams.
An example from my Poetry Pals Club:
My inside self and my outside self
are different as can be.
My outside self wears fat, baggy clothes.
Two feet like bear paws,
With lots of fears.
My inside self is different you can see.
A rad, awesome dare devil
doing stunts inside of me.
Filled with care, and a gentle person.
A lovely, lovely doctor,
That's what I'll be.
Line 1: Your first name
2: Four descriptive traits
3: Sibling of...
4: Lover of (people, ideas)
Line 5: Who feels...
Line 6: Who needs...
Line 7: Who gives...
Line 8: Who fears...
Line 9: Who would like to see...
Line 10: Resident of (your city)
11: Your last name (If published on the internet choose another name to describe yourself)
Alliterations are phrases or sentences with words that repeat the same beginning consonant sounds.
(two adjectives describing the subject)
(three words ending in "ing" telling about the subject)
(four words, the first two describe the subject the last two describe its opposite)
(three words ending in "ing" telling about the opposite)
(two adjectives describing the opposite)
An acrostic poem is one in which certain
letters, often the first
letter of every line, form a name or a theme.
The point of this is to encourage imagery and careful word choices. The images are an instrument that the poet uses to express his or her intentions or feelings. Understanding the use of images means understanding the essential meaning of the poem. Think of images as useful "tools" that the poet uses in order to reveal or explain the meaning that is in the poem. The Poetry Pals Club decided to choose animals for their imagery.
Examples from Poetry Pals Club:
When I am in my yard
I am like a Cheetah.
Running and pouncing on my
When I am tired
I lay in the yellow sun...
Just have the children brainstorm all sorts of candy. Put them on the white board or a chart. Then have them imagine a nature area, like a forest, that had candy instead of anything real. Use descriptive language so the reader could picture it and perhaps even draw a picture of what you wrote. Great for buddy poetry. (Almost like in Hansel and Gretel when they came upon a candy house. In fact you can read that first as a warm up activity.)
An example of one student from my class:
My Candy Land
In my dream,
all the ice cubes were big chunks
of chocolate chips.
The stars were yellow starbursts.
I came to a forest with a peppermint
And pretzel trees,
with green icing for the leaves.
I then came to a meadow of sugar canes.
Than a Jell-o wolf jumped out!
He didn't bite me.
If he did it wouldn't hurt.
Then a little, blue, lollipop bird
came to ME!
He told me to look up to the sky.
I did and saw marshmallow clouds.
The two lollipop birds took me
up to the blue, Laffy-Taffy sky,
and sat me on one of the marshmallow clouds.
Then I heard a scream!
It was my brother waking me up for
A pair of lines of poetry that are
Lines 1, 2 and 5 rhyme.
Lines 3 and 4 rhyme
Japanese form of poetry.
Form is 17 syllables in three lines with
pattern: first line, 5 syllables; second line 7 syllables; third line, 5
syllables. Usually has nature themes.
Raindrops falling down
On the windowpane making
Concrete or Shape Poem
A concrete or shape poem is a poem that forms a picture of the topic or follows the contours of a shape that is suggested by the topic. These can be used effectively with reports in science or social studies. In other words a concrete poem is one that takes the shape of the object it describes.
1. Think of some feeling (glad,
sad, or mad is a good start), and begin to think of writing a poem about
|Cinquain: 5 line
Syllabic verse form. Gradually increasing number of syllables in each line until the last line, which returns to two syllables.
Form for younger students:
Line 1: 2 syllables One word giving the title. (noun)
Line 2: 4 syllables Two words that describe the title. (adjectives)
Line 3: 6 syllables Three words that express action. ( Verbs)
Line 4: 8 syllables Four words that express feeling.
Line 5: 2 syllables One word that gives the title a different name. (synonym)
Small, brown Small, black
Gliding, landing, feeding Roosting, gliding, landing
Bugs, fruit, eating Flying Fox, fruit-eater
By: Kerri By: Tyler
|As of June 5, 2002|