Poetry Vocabulary Alliteration : Repetition of initial consonant sounds Allusion : A reference to a well-known person, place, event, literary work, or work of art Ballad : A song-like poem that tells a story Blank Verse : Poetry written in unrhymed, ten-syllable lines Concrete Poem :
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My love is like a red rose.
Humor & Poetry
Using more spirited language makes humorous situations even more humorous
By Ogden Nash
Any hound a porcupine nudges
Can’t be blamed for harboring grudges.
I know one hound that laughed all winter
At a porcupine that sat on a splinter.
Any hound that touches a porcupine
Can’t be blamed for holding a grudge
I know one hound that laughed all winter long
At a porcupine that sat on a piece of wood
There once was a man with no hair.
He gave everyone quite a scare.
He got some Rogaine,
Grew out a mane,
And now he resembles a bear!
I wish that my room had a floor,
I don’t care so much for a door.
But this walking around
Without touching the ground
Is getting to be quite a bore.
There once was a very small mouse
Who lived in a very small house,
The ocean’s spray
Washed it away,
All that was left was her blouse!
There once was a man from Beijing.
All his life he hoped to be King.
So he put on a crown,
Which quickly fell down.
That small silly man from Beijing.
There once was a _____ from _____.
All the while she/he hoped ________.
So she/he ____________________,
That _________ from ___________.
There once was a man from Japan.
All the while he hoped for a tan.
So he lay on the beach,
And ate a ripe peach,
That came from a Georgia van.
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