Thursday, August 6, 2009

Creating Poems

"A Kick in the Head: An Everyday Guide to Poetic Forms" by Paul B. Janeczko. Illustrated by Chris Raschka.

I remember a creative writing class I took in 8th grade. We learned how to write certain styles of poems like a haiku, and I thought it was so much fun.

I spotted this book which has selected poems and then a short description of the type of poems.

It seems like it would be a great summer educational lesson to read and learn with your child. You could help your child create his or her own poems! How fun is that!

"Edgar Allan Poe
Was passionately fond of roe.
He always liked to chew some
When writing anything gruesome." by E.C. Bentley

"A clerihew is made up of two rhyming couplets that poke gentle fun at a celebrity. The first line is always the celebrity's name."

"There was an Old Lady whose folly
induced her to sit in a holly;
Whereupon, by a thorn
Her dress being torn,
She quickly became melancholy." by Edward Lear

"A limerick is a five-line poem with the rhyme scheme aabba. It has a bouncy rhythm and is usually humorous."

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