Poetry Poetry is a deal of joy and pain and wonder, with a dash of the dictionary. ~Kahlil Gibran Poetry should... should strike the reader as a wording of his own highest thoughts, and appear almost a remembrance. ~John KeatsA poet can survive everything but a misprint. ~Oscar Wilde
What is Poetry? • A form of writing designed to evoke an emotional response in the reader. • A way for a person to express themselves and their feelings. • The language of love and dreams. • An often symbolic form of writing usually in stanzas, often rhyming.
Limerick • A short sometimes vulgar, humorous poem consisting of five anapestic lines. Lines 1, 2, and 5 have seven to ten syllables, rhyme and have the same verbal rhythm. The 3rd and 4th lines have five to seven syllables, rhyme and have the same rhythm.
Limericks… Twas a crazy old man called O'Keefe Who caused local farmers much grief To their cows he would run Cut their legs off for fun And say "Look, I've invented ground beef!"
Limerick There was a young rustic named Mallory, who drew but a very small salary. When he went to the show, his purse made him go to a seat in the uppermost gallery. Man From Aruba There once was a man from Aruba, Whose favorite hobby was scuba. Every day he would wish, He could spear a big fish. But settled instead for canned tuna.
Limericks There once was a boy from Montreal Who loved to play basketball For a team he tried out But if he made it, I doubt For you see, he was three feet tall! When you sneeze and you cough and you're achin' And you feel that your body is breakin' Just try to recall It's still only Fall; Old man winter has yet to awaken.
Limericks Young Anton thought he would go far He wanted to become a big star But when crossing the street He tripped over his feet And was hit by an oncoming car (Author was 8!) There once was a young girl named Meg Who accidentally broke her _______. She slipped on the ______. Not once, but thrice Take no pity on her, I __________.
Limerick There once was a turkey named Chicken Come thanksgiving he was ripe for the pickin’ And though he screamed and he ran, he couldn’t avoid the man And now’s what we call finger-lickin’ ~By Emily McCarthy (Was a 6th grade student when I taught her & she wrote this!)
Rebus Poetry • Uses pictures, pictograms, and symbols to create a riddle or a poem.
Do you carrot all for me?My heart beets for you, Our love is as soft as a squash, But as strong as an onion With your turnip nose For you are a peach,With your radish hair, And your turnip nose, You are the apple of my eye,If we cantaloupe,Lettuce marry;For I know we would make a happy pear.
Haiku • a Japanese poem composed of three unrhymed lines of five, seven, and five syllables. Traditionally they were about nature. See the red berries… Fallen like little footprints On the garden snow. ~Shiki
Concrete Poems The poet uses the shape of the poem on the page to symbolize an idea or image within the poem.
Poetry Elements • Sound is used in poetry to add imagery and evoke the readers sense preceptors, especially when read aloud. This key element is also what makes poetry unique in regards to other forms of writing. The following types of sound effects are used: • Alliteration- repetition of the same first letter or sound in a group of words (Peter Pettigrew) • Assonance-repetition of vowel sounds within words (Sci-Fi) • Onomatopoeia- words that sound like what they describe (Meow; Croak) • Rhyme-repetition of sound at the end of words or lines • Rhythmgives poetry a musical quality with the use of stressed or unstressed syllables • Stanzas- an arrangement of lines that form units within a poem (can be called couplets, quatrains, etc.)
POETRY ELEMENTS • Figurative language is used to add greater depth to the meaning of words and is used to create imagery with the use of comparisons. There are three types, • Metaphor- direct comparison of dissimilar things that is meant to show equality between them. For example, My savior, my redeemer was the snow that fell right before the morning commute. • Simile- comparison that uses ‘like’ or ‘as’‘. For example,' I love you like a long song, (baby)’ • Personification- a comparison that gives human qualities to objects, animals or ideas. For example, “The butter cream cake taunted me.”
Acrostic • simple poems in which each the first letter of each line forms a word or phrase (vertically). An acrostic poem can describe the subject or even tell a brief story about it.
Free Verse The poet creates the line breaks and stanzas where he wants them. Rhyming usually is not present. Identity Julio NoboaPolanco Let them be as flowers, always watered, fed, guarded, admired, but harnessed to a pot of dirt. I’d rather be a tall, ugly weed, clinging on cliffs, like an eagle, wind-wavering above high, jagged rocks.
i carry your heart with me(i carry it in my heart)i am never without it(anywhere i go you go,mydear;and whatever is done by only me is your doing,my darling) i fear no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)i want no world(for beautiful you are my world,my true) and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant and whatever a sun will always sing is you here is the deepest secret nobody knows (here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows higher than soul can hope or mind can hide) and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart) E.E. Cummings Free Verse Fog by Carl Sandburg The fog comes on little cat feet. It sits looking over harbor and city on silent haunches and then moves on.
Free Verse • Like Lily Like Wilson I’m writing the poem that will change the world, And it’s Lily Wilson at my office door. Lily Wilson, the recovering like addict, The worst I’ve ever seen. So, like, bad, that the entire eighth grade Started calling her Like Lily Like Wilson Like. Until I declared my classroom a like-free zone, And she could not speak for days. When she finally did, it was to say, Mr. Mali, this is…so hard Now I have to think before I …say anthing. Imagine that Lily. It’s for your own good. Even if you don’t like… it. I’m writing the poem that will change the world And it’s Lily Wilson at my classroom door. Lilly is writing a research paper About how homosexuals shouldn’t be allowed to adopt children I’m writing a poem that will change the world And it’s Like Lily Like Wilson at my office door. She’s having trouble finding souces, Which is to say, ones that back her up. They all argue in favor of what I thought I was against. And it took four years of college, Three years of graduate school, And every incidental teaching experience I ever had to let out only Well, that’s a really interesting problem, Lilly. But what do you propose to do about it? That’s what I want to know. And the eighth grade mind is a beautiful thing; Like a new-born baby’s face, you can often see it Change before your very eyes. I can’t believe I’m saying this Mr. Mali, But I think I’d like to switch sides. And I want to tell her to do more than just believe it, But to enjoy it! That changing your mind is one of the best ways Of finding out whether or not you still have one. Or even that minds are like parachtues, That it doesn’t matter what you pack Them with so long as they open At the right time. O God, Lily, I want to say, You make me feel like a teacher, And who could ask to feel more than that? I want to say all of this but manage only, Lilly I am like so impressed with you! So finally I taught somebody something, Namely, how to change her mind. And learned in the prcess that if I ever change the world, It’s going to be an eighth grader at a time.
Cinquain Poetry…. • Five defined lines--- each line has a specific form/function. • Line1: A noun Spaghetti • Line2: Two adjectives Messy, spicy • Line 3: Three -ing words slurping, sliding falling, • Line 4: A phrase Between my plate & mouth • Line 5: Another word for the noun Delicious.
Cinquain Poetry… • Cinquain Poetry with five lines. • Example 1 (by Cindy Barden): Line1: One word Dinosaurs Line2: Two words Lived once Line 3: Three words Long ago, but Line 4: Four words Only dust and dreams Line 5: One word Remain
Cinquain…. • Cinquain Poetry with five lines. • It comes in 3 varieties: • Example 3 (by Cindy Barden): • Line1: Two syllables Baseball • Line2: Four syllables Bat cracks against • Line 3: Six syllables the pitch, sending it out • Line 4: Eight syllables Over the fence, I did it yay! • Line 5: Two syllables Home Run.