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Free Verse, slam poetry. Learning Goal. Today we will be exploring free verse and slam poetry. This lesson will draw connections to the types of poetry we have explored, as well as providing you with a new perspective on the definition of poetry . Writing Free Verse Poetry.

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Free verse slam poetry

Free Verse, slam poetry


Learning goal

Learning Goal

  • Today we will be exploring free verse and slam poetry. This lesson will draw connections to the types of poetry we have explored, as well as providing you with a new perspective on the definition of poetry


Writing free verse poetry

Writing Free Verse Poetry

  • no set pattern of rhyme or rhythm

  • No rules about length

  • You try to keep the words that belong together on the same line, but, sometimes the poet will break these words if he/she wants to create a visual shape to support the poem's message, or feeling that the poet wishes the reader to experience.

  • The poet may wish to put special emphasis on a word he/she has used so he will leave that word on a line to itself, or place it on the next line so the reader notices it or is surprised by the poet's use of the word

  • Often a poet will end a line because it feels right to him/her to do so. The poet chooses the length of each line and the length of the poem according to the message, or feeling he/she wishes to communicate to his/her reader.

  • When free verse is read aloud the reader can hear the rhythm of the words that the poet has used in his/her poem.

  • Think of it as spoken music


Topic

Topic

  • Anything and everything can be the topic of a free verse lyrical poem.

  • What ever subject that appeals to the poet can end up in free verse.

  • Language that shows, not tells.

  • For example, instead of writing " We had so much fun today.", the poet would write "They wore smiles all the way home." The idea being that a grinning face is more descriptive of the fun they had. It also leaves a stronger impression with the reader.

  • Capture images, convey meaning, or emotions through the use of lyrical phrases that will get the poet's message across without a lot of telling. Free verse poets use figurative language devices such as metaphors, similes, and personification to create these phrases.


Example knock knock

Example: Knock, Knock

  • Daniel Beaty

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTZrPVqR0D8

  • After reading Knock Knock for homework, and then seeing it performed, was it different than you had read?

  • How does free verse poetry make you feel?

  • Do you think you would be able to deliver a similar poem?

  • When looking at free verse, can you draw connections between narrative poetry and lyrical poetry within this new type of poetry we are exploring?


More examples

More Examples

  • Sarah Kay: Hiroshima http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJdQHQ6kbv0

  • SuheirHammand: http://www.ted.com/talks/suheir_hammad_poems_of_war_peace_women_power.html

    In her poems and plays, SuheirHammad blends the stories and sounds of her Palestinian-American heritage with the vibrant language of Brooklyn to create a passionately modern voice


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