Up Down and Poetry
Example: Horrible stuff cOmpletely disgusting in fact! Makes mE Want to gO and find a “Real job”… Nah, I don’t thinK so!
S o many flowers are blooming. • Petite little squirrels come out to play. Really big bears awake from their slumbers. Imaginative children enjoy a walk with their friends. N o tree is left standing without any leaves. So G o ahead, jump for joy because spring is here.
1. Brainstorm topics for your poem. • 2. Think of related key words- adjectives, adverbs, feeling words, power words, etc. • 3. Choose the one key word as the focus (must be at least 8 letter long) • Either write the word down the middle of the page and fit your words and phrases around it.
Possible Topics: Friendship, Summer Time, Fifth Grade, St. Joseph • Key Word: Friendship • Related words and phrases: Hanging out, caring, Sharing secrets, Having fun, Helping each other, Dependable, Communication
Having Fun Reliable SharIng Secrets Easy to talk to CommuNication Dependable compasSion Help each other intellIgence Patience
Main Objective of Free Verse • Use colorful words, punctuation, and word placement to convey meaning to the reader.
What is Free Verse Poetry? • Open/Free Format: Free Verse does not have a limited number of syllables or lines. It does not have to rhyme, or have a particular rhythm. • HOWEVER, These poems still include poetry techniques. • Free Verse should have structure, like other types of poems, except you create your own structure for the poem
Punctuation and Spacing • Punctuation: May be absent or may be used to place greater emphasis on specific words. • Spacing: May be just a sentence artistically laid out on the page, or it could be pages of words. The words should be spaced in a purposeful way. , ? ! ; : . ) ( , ? ! ; : .
Poetry Techniques • Alliteration: Repeated consonant sounds at the beginning of words. • Ex. Two Tall Trees • Assonance: Repeated vowel sounds in a line or stanza • Ex. Crumbling Thunder • Consonance: Repeated consonant sounds in a line or stanza • Blank, think, spunk • Onomatopoeia: Sound Words • Ex. Pop, Zip, Crash Z P
Personification: Giving something human characteristics that is not human. • Ex. The little dog laughed. • Symbolism: Something that stands for or represents something else. • Ex. A cross stands for Christianity, a lion stands for courage • Simile: Comparing 2 unlike things using the words “like” or “as”. • Ex. He ran fast like a cheetah. • Metaphor: Comparing 2 unlike things w/o using the words “like” or “as” • Ex. A heart of stone
Example #1 Black March by Stevie Smith I am a breathOf fresh air for you, a changeBy and by. Black March I call himBecause of his eyesBeing like March raindropsOn black twigs. (Such a pretty time when the skyBehind black twigs can be seenStretched out in one UninterruptedCambridge blue as cold as snow.) But this friend Whatever new names I give himIs an old friend. He says: I have a friend At the end Of the world. His name is a breath Of fresh air. He is dressed in Grey chiffon. It has a Peculiar look, like smoke. It wraps him round It blows out of place It conceals him I have not seen his face. But I have seen his eyes, they are As pretty and bright As raindrops on black twigs In March, and heard him say: Whatever names you give meI amA breath of fresh air,A change for you.
Example #2 Thaw by Edward Thomas Over the land freckled with snow half-thawed The speculating rocks at their nests cawed And saw from elm-tops, delicate as flower of grass, What we below could not see, Winter pass.
Example #3 A Noiseless Patient Spider by Walt Whitman • A noiseless patient spider,I marked where on a promontory it stood isolated,Marked how to explore the vacant vast surrounding,It launched forth filament, filament, filament, out of itself,Ever unreeling them, ever tirelessly speeding them.And you O my soul where you stand,Surrounded, detached, in measureless oceans of space,Ceaselessly musing, venturing, throwing, seeking the spheres to connect them,Till the bridge you will need be formed, till the ductile anchor hold,Till the gossamer thread you fling catch somewhere, O my soul.
Write your own! • Step 1: Choose a topic • Step 2:Think of key words or phrases about this topic that you would want to include • Step 3:Organize these words and phrases using spacing and punctuation in a meaningful way
More examples from Poetry books… Be creative!
Homework Assignment Complete Poetry with a Twist worksheet and create 2 rough draft concrete poems.