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Free Verse Poetry. Free Verse Poetry. verse without a fixed metrical pattern, usually having unrhymed lines of varying length No rhyme, no set rhythm (meter is # of syllables per line which effects the rhythm) Walt Whitman is the American “Father” of Free Verse

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Free Verse Poetry
  • verse without a fixed metrical pattern, usually having unrhymed lines of varying length
    • No rhyme, no set rhythm (meter is # of syllables per line which effects the rhythm)
  • Walt Whitman is the American “Father” of Free Verse
    • Wrote Leaves of Grass, a book length free verse poem
    • “I celebrate myself, and sing myself,

And what I assume you shall assume,

For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you.”

  • There are many types of Free Verse Poetry
    • Concrete Poetry, Diamante, Haiku, Extended Metaphor, etc.
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Haiku

a form of Japanese poetry with 17 syllables in three unrhymed lines of five, seven, and five syllables, often describing nature or a season

how to write a haiku
How to Write a Haiku
  • 5-7-5 syllables per line
  • Must contain a season or an image from nature
  • Tries to give a clear image that provides insight or connection to the reader
  • Sometimes uses a 2 part image that works together
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On a branch

floating downriver

a cricket, singing.

Under the evening moon

the snail

      is stripped to the waist.

reader response
Reader Response
  • 1. How many syllables per line are there in Haiku #1?
  • 2. Is haiku 1 about nature?
  • 3. What lesson about humanity can you learn about from haiku #1?
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Even with insects—

some can sing,

    some can’t.

If not for the cat,

And the scarcity of cheese,

I could be content.

Her boughs bending, still

she welcomes Snow’s company—

temporary friend.

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Reader Response
  • 4. What is the human connection in haiku #3?
  • 5. Why is the speaker discontent in haiku #4?
  • 6. What is being personified in haiku #5?
we do it finish the haiku
We do it! Finish the Haiku

The clouds roll in waves

A lance of silver flashes

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  • Hunting Beach, Ohio