Monday, April 6, 2009

Writing poetry #3

I find, in this April's poetry month, that it is a great way to nurture yourself, in this greening of our world. New things are growing; new writers are budding. Internet 'is causing poetry boom'

Writing poetry is a great way for students to launch into the world of writing. Poems are short and sweet. They summarize a thought or idea. They need not take weeks to write and rewrite. And, once you are done, you need not look back!

Jamie, to honour poetry month, created a blog post, 100 Ways to Celebrate National Poetry Month. I am participating in NaPoWrimo in April. A poem a day. Hip hip, hooray.

Here are a few of his suggestions, to give you a flavour of his pot pourri
- Begin with “How to Read a Poem.”
-- Read “Introduction to Poetry

What I did was to use a teacher resource book that taught a different poetry style each day. Each lesson provided an example, a prompt, and a frame from which to start. Students were free to explore their own topics, or simply follow the frame.

We began with rhyming and non-rhyming. We counted syllable and metre and rhythm. We studied favourite song lyrics, and analysed rap, for example, to understand how they are created and how that makes them sound.

Eventually, by the end of a unit, students would have a collection of poems they could publish on their web page or collect in a writing book. Sometimes we even bound them, just for fun.

Here is another great source of poetry information: Poetry Portfolio.

A Few Poetry Styles
External links:

STANZA: A formal division of lines in a poem. The most common are
• Couplet (two lines) • Sestet (six lines)
• Triplet (three lines) • Septet (seven lines)
• Quatrain (four lines) • Octave (eight lines)

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