Poetry for Children Chapter 7
What is Poetry? • Lang. with intense feeling & imagery • Qualities of sound that • bounce pleasingly off the tongue • tickle the ear • leave the mind something to ponder • Affecting honing of sound and meaning
Nursery Rhymes & Jump-Rope Rhymes Folk Songs Lyric or Expressive Poems Narrative Poems Nonsense Verse Form Poems - Limericks, Haiku, Concrete Dialogue Poems Free Verse Categories of Poetry for Children
Elements of Poetry • Sounds - rhythm & rhyme • Alliteration • Images • Forms • Insight
Choosing Good Poetry • Sound - If rhyme is present, should be exact. Rhythms, if present should be consistent but not monotonous. • Images - Bring clear images to mind. • Insight - Surprises with fresh or wise observations
Children’s Preferences • Narrative form is liked by all ages • Free verse & Haiku are the most disliked • Prefer poems that contain rhyme, rhythm, and sound • Children most like humor, familiar experience, and animals • Prefer contemporary poems • Don’t like extensive figurative language and visual imagery
Expanding Taste in Poetry • Share poetry informally with students just for enjoyment • Promote poetry by having children practice choral speaking and performance • Encourage students to write poetry.