Year 10 English. Passionate Poetry. Pick one of these and tell the person next to you about a time when this feeling was pretty much on your mind. How to Write Poems about Feelings.
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Some of the best poems ever written are about feelings. You may want to write poems about your feelings, but perhaps you don’t know how to begin.
Here’s a good way to get started:
On a piece of paper, write "sad," "mad," and "happy." Now add as many feelings as you can to the list. If you’re stumped for feelings, have a friend or two brainstorm with you.
Choose one feeling from the list.
Write down your answers to each of the following questions:
When do I feel [insert feeling]?
Why do I feel [insert feeling]?
How does it feel to be [insert feeling]?
Your answer will become the poem, although you may want to revise and polish the poem as needed. What will make the poem work best is if it tells a story or if people can learn something about you from the poem. Check the example in the next slide.
Once you have completed the final draft of your poem, you could try designing a picture that illustrates your verse.
My best friend has moved away.
It makes me feel like I am the only pebble on a sandy beach.
Poets use special techniques to
make their language more
interesting and effective.
In fact, we all use them all the
time in our everyday speech.
Have a look at and complete this
A Word on Rhythm
This is the pattern of stressed
and unstressed syllables in
Syllables are the building blocks of
words: (the stressed syllables are
in bold italics)
bit has 1 syllable.
And/rew has 2 and
Im/poss/i/ble has 4.
Write your full name and break it
into syllables. Change the syllables
that are stressed and listen to how it
An incredibly talented man Blake is often regarded as a visionary. His stances against slavery and child labour are evident in both his poetry and his art.
Resources\William Blake Biography.docx
The poem begins with the speaker asking a fearsome tiger what kind of divine being could have created it: “What immortal hand or eye/ Could frame they fearful symmetry?” Each subsequent stanza contains further questions, all of which refine this first one. From what part of the cosmos could the tiger’s fiery eyes have come, and who would have dared to handle that fire? What sort of physical presence, and what kind of dark craftsmanship, would have been required to “twist the sinews” of the tiger’s heart? The speaker wonders how, once that horrible heart “began to beat,” its creator would have had the courage to continue the job.
Comparing the creator to a blacksmith, he ponders about the anvil and the furnace that the project would have required and the smith who could have wielded them. And when the job was done, the speaker wonders, how would the creator have felt? “Did he smile his work to see?” Could this possibly be the same being who made the lamb?
England in the early Industrial
Revolution was a land that became
the wealthiest and most powerful in
the whole world.
It was a fortune built on the
exploitation of the weak and most
Vulnerable both at home and around
the world through its colonies and
Blake was reviled by what he saw
and wrote about it passionately,
seeking to change society.
The loss of innocence is explored
through poetry about child
Labour. Resources\The Chimney Sweeper.doc
Recognised as one of the greatest English poets, Donne lived a very interesting life:
Resources\John Donne Biography.docx
The changing circumstances of his life are reflected in his writing.
You have 2 poems to study, one form his early life and one from his older life. See if you can tell which is which!
Resources\The Sunne Rising.doc
Resources\Death Be Not Proud.docx
Choose a poem from each poet.
Learn and memorise:
You will have a question about these
poems in your yearly exam which will
focus on the idea of how poetry can
express ideas that a person is