Poetry is truth in its Sunday clothes.
Joseph Roux (1834-86), French priest, writer. Meditations of aParish Priest, pt. 1, no 76 (1886)
Poetry is one of the first forms of literature a young child comes in contact with a la Mother Goose. Pat a cake, and jump rope rhymes all become an essential part of children's lives. Poetry and its appreciation are very much in eye beholder. What appeals to one person, might not appeal to another. Usually children prefer rhyming poetry that is not overly complex.
For starters, lets go over some of the vocabulary associated with poetry.
- Rhyme: similar in sound, or corresponding sounds.
- Meter: the rhythmic structure of poetry
- Limericks: 5 line rhythmic verse with a light and humorous feel. The first, second, and fifth lines rhyme and the third and fourth rhyme separately. The last line is the "punch line".
A flea and a fly in a flue
were caught, so what could they do?
Said the fly, "let us flee"
"let us fly" said the flea
so they flew through a flaw in the flue
Write your own Limerick:
There once was a pauper named Meg
Who accidentally broke her _________
She slipped on the __________
Not once but thrice.
Take no pity on her I ________
- Free Verse: Usually lacks rhyme and rhythm
once a snowflake fell
on my brow and i loved
it so much and i kissed
it and it was happy and called its cousins
and brothers and a web
of snow engulfed me then
i reached to love them all
and i squeezed them and they became
a spring rain and i stood perfectly
still and was a flower
- Haiku: Japanese form of poetry, form is 17 syllables (5-7-5), usually with a nature theme. A Haiku must "paint" a mental image in the reader's mind.
The Rose by Donna Brock
The Red blossom bends
and drips its dew to the ground
like a tear it falls.
Curving up, then down
Meeting blue sky, and green earth
Melding sun and rain
- Light Verse: a catchall term for poetry with a more relaxed attitude
- Far and few, far and few,
- Are the lands where the Jumblies live;
- Their heads are green, and their hands are blue
- And they went to sea in a sieve.
- Narrative: a poetic narration of an event or story, usually with a plot and action, attention to detail.
THE FROG PRINCESS
Green and slimy
Contentedly croaked he
Sitting near the well.
Flying fast past
Beyond her grasp
A ball of gold down fell.
Weepfully cried she
An open inquiry,
"Help me get my ball!"
Suddenly sprung he
Over the well wall.
Victorious returned he
So ecstatic was she;
"I shall give thee a kiss!"
Smooched she and dwell
Now two croakers near the well -
A frog and his princess.
- Alliteration: is the repetition of the initial consonant. There should be at least two repetitions in a row.
Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers
Puny puma pit their skills against zebras.
Pretty Polly picked pears for preserves.
Handsome Harry hired hundreds of hippos for Hanukkah.
Angela Abigail Applewhite ate anchovies and artichokes.
Bertha Bartholomew blew big, blue bubbles.
Clever Clifford Cutter clumisily closed the closet clasps.
Floyd Flingle flipped flat flapjacks.
Write your own Alliterations:
Doodling Daughters ____________
Hattie Henderson ____________
Ida Ivy Identified _____________