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  1. The World of Poetry!! Get excited!!

  2. The last winter leavesClinging to the black branchesExplode into birds Beautiful old oak Pretty fountain flowing free With thick dark red blood slowly and softly falling swiftly to the ground lays there very still ANYONE KNOW WHAT WE CALL THESE POEMS???

  3. HAIKUS!! • Here are the characteristics: • A focus on nature. • A "season word" such as "snow" which tells the reader what time of year it is. • A division somewhere in the poem, which focuses first on one thing, then on another. The relationship between these two parts is sometimes surprising. • Instead of saying how a scene makes him or her feel, the poet shows the details that caused that emotion. If the sight of an empty winter sky made the poet feel lonely, describing that sky can give the same feeling to the reader.

  4. Next Up? Catalog Poem! A catalog poem is a list of things. It can be any length and may rhyme or not. Usually the images in catalog poems appeal to several of the 5 senses. Here’s an example: Spring Snow meltingAir warmingTrees coming to lifeFlowers budding Birds singingBaseball season startingEverything turning greenMy favorite time of year

  5. Cinquain Here are some examples: puppy ornery, naughty growling, jumping, chewing a playful bundle of trouble Boxer tree white. tall reaching, bending, fluttering leaves and twigs in the wind Aspen

  6. Free Verse! • This is where you have the room to be as creative as you want! • Free verse poetry does not have to be about a certain topic or have a certain amount of lines or follow a set rhyme scheme. • It can be about whatever you want, and you get to decide how long and whether or not it rhymes.

  7. Let’s look at an Example: • Voices screeching, fingers pointing • A cruel world made for strangers. • Blame is crushing, guilt is haunting • A prison that no one escapes. • There’s nowhere safe • For a refugee • Like you • Like me. • Loneliness is a monster • From which you cannot run. • Where you go, • It already waits. • Where you hide, • All ready, it lurks. • You are my hope • In the darkness. • I believe in love • Because of you. • Together we are • Free from sadness. • Because “you and me” • Only has room • For two.

  8. Click the link for the directions to make your very own portfolio!! • Poetry Portfolio