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Poetry has been around for ever…<br />Some of our greatest works of poetry came from centuries ago.<br />The first female poet, Anne Bradstreet published her work in 1650, and was best known for her poem “The Prologue”<br />Baym, Nina. The Norton Anthology of American Literature, Seventh Edition: Volume A Beginnings to 1820. New York: W. W. Norton, 2007. Print.<br />
Before we begin, here are a few simple rules<br />Poetry don’t ALWAYS have to rhyme.<br />There is no rule to how short or long a poem has to be.<br />Poems can be published, spoken, sang, or read<br />Have fun, and let your soul free on paper!<br />
Which poems will you learn about?<br />Although there are millions of different types of poetry, today you will learn about five easy types.<br /> Romanticism<br />Acrostic<br />Cinquain<br />Bio<br />
Romanticism<br />Romanticism poems aren’t usually about love. Usually they talk about more gothic centered things, such as dungeons, dragons, etc.<br />Edgar Allan Poe was a great romanticism poet, and was famous for “The Raven”<br />Baym, Nina. The Norton Anthology of American Literature, Seventh Edition: Volume A Beginnings to 1820. New York: W. W. Norton, 2007. Print.<br />
Example from “The Raven”<br />Then into the chamber turning, all my soul within me burning,<br />Soon I heard again a tapping somewhat louder than before.<br />“Surley,” said I, “surley that is something at my window lattice;<br />Let me see, then what thereat is, and this mystery explore-<br />Let my heart be still a moment and this mystery explore;-<br />Tis the wind, and nothing more!”<br />
Acrostic<br />Acrostic poems are more fun to write, and less serious. <br />An acrostic poem uses the letters in a word to begin the first line of a poem.<br />The goal is to get the lines to relate to the main topic.<br />"Acrostic Poems - ReadWriteThink." Homepage - ReadWriteThink. Web. 02 Mar. 2010. <http://www.readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/student-interactives/acrostic-poems-30045.html>.<br />
Try to make an acrostic poem on your own!<br />Think of a topic (sun for example)<br />Write it vertically down your page<br />Now, think of words starting with S to describe the sun. (Shiny for example)<br />Now think of words starting with U to describe the sun (Use sunscreen for example)<br />Finally think of words starting with N to describe the sun (Nice and warm)<br />You can try to make your own with the website below<br />http://www.readwritethink.org/files/resources/interactives/acrostic/<br />
Cinquain<br />A cinquain poem starts off with a topic.<br />Within this poem, you have to think of a certain number of syllables per line, in order to make it sound wavy.<br />It has five lines.<br />The pattern is-two syllables, four, six, eight, and back to two.<br />"Composing Cinquain Poems: A Quick-Writing Activity - ReadWriteThink." Homepage - ReadWriteThink. Web. 02 Mar. 2010. <http://www.readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/lesson-plans/composing-cinquain-poems-quick-51.html>.<br />
An example of a cinquain<br />Ashley (2)<br />very funny (4)<br />likes to dance and hangout (6)<br />misses her family at home (8)<br />brown hair (2)<br />
Bio Poetry<br />Bio poetry is as simple as it sounds. It is a poem written about a certain person, their feelings, hopes, personality, and aspirations.<br />These can be used in the beginning of a book, for poetry, or just for yourself!<br />Probably the simplest form of poetry merely because it is all about you, and has no rules.<br />
In review…<br />Poems are exactly what you make of them, and what you want them to be.<br />Poems can be sad, happy, angry, or even random.<br />Length, and rhyme don’t usually matter.<br />Poems are a great way to help you learn about yourself and your writing skills.<br />