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What is Poetry?. A short piece of imaginative writing, of a personal nature and laid out in lines. What is poetry?. Poetry is artistically rendering words in such a way as to evoke intense emotion or an Ah Ha! experience from the reader. Intense emotion Surprise Revelation. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation



What is Poetry?A short piece of imaginative writing, of a personal nature and laid out in lines

1What is poetry?Poetry is artistically rendering words in such a way as to evoke intense emotion or an Ah Ha! experience from the reader.Intense emotionSurpriseRevelation

http://contemporarylit.about.com/od/poetry/a/poetry.htmIt typically evokes in the reader an intense emotion: joy, sorrow, anger, catharsis, love... Alternatively, poetry has the ability to surprise the reader with an Ah Ha! Experience -- revelation, insight, further understanding of elemental truth and beauty. Like Keats said:

"Beauty is truth. Truth, beauty.That is all ye know on Earth and all ye need to know.

2Famous Poets say Poetry isthe spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings ~William WordsworthIf I read a book and it makes my body so cold no fire ever can warm me, I know that is poetry ~Emily DickinsonPoetry is what makes me laugh or cry or yawn, what makes my toenails twinkle, what makes me want to do this or that or nothing.~Dylan Thomas

http://contemporarylit.about.com/od/poetry/a/poetry.htm3Poetry isImaginativeCan employ meter & rhymeAncient formIndividual mode of expressionAlmost impossible to define!http://contemporarylit.about.com/od/poetry/a/poetry.htmDefinition: Poetry is an imaginative awareness of experience expressed through meaning, sound, and rhythmic language choices so as to evoke an emotional response. Poetry has been known to employ meter and rhyme, but this is by no means necessary. Poetry is an ancient form that has gone through numerous and drastic reinvention over time. The very nature of poetry as an authentic and individual mode of expression makes it nearly impossible to define.


CharacteristicsCarefully selected wordsEmotive qualitiesMusical valueSpacingOne of the most definable characteristics of the poetic form is economy of language. Poets are miserly and unrelentingly critical in the way they dole out words to a page. Carefully selecting words for conciseness and clarity is standard, even for writers of prose, but poets go well beyond this, considering a word's emotive qualities, its musical value, its spacing, and yes, even its spacial relationship to the page.


Poetic TermsPoet - is one who writes poetry. Poem - is a written expression of emotion or ideas in an arrangement of words/verse most often rhythmically. Bard - a poet. Muse - a channel of inspiration for a poet. http://www.shadowpoetry.com/resources/intro.html6Poetic TermsAlliteration Repetition of the initial sounds of stressed syllables in neighboring wordsAntonymWords that are opposite in meaningFormArrangement, manner or method used to convey the content

7Poetic TermsHomonymTwo or more distinct words with the same pronunciation and spelling but with different meaningsHomophoneTwo or more words with the same pronunciation but with different meanings and spellingsHyperboleExaggeration of the truth

8Poetic TermsImageryFigurative language used to create particular mental imagesMetaphorAssociation of two completely different objects as being the same thingMeterUsed to measure poetry, unit used is the metric foot, determined by a series of stressed and unstressed syllables, number of feet determines the meter

9Poetic TermsOnomatopoeiaUse of words with sounds suggestive of their meaning, like buzz, clang, whooshPauseIntervals between syllables of verseSimileComparison of two completely different objects using like or asStressSpecial emphasis on a word, syllable, or phrase with a line of verse

10Poetic TermsSynonymOne or two or more words that have the same or nearly the same meaningTripletUnit or group of three lines of verse which are rhymed togetherWordsmithPerson who works with words; a skillful writer


MisconceptionsPoetry must rhymePoetry must have shapePoetry must have rhythmPoetry must have a lot of wordsPoetry must be beautiful

12Examples of PoetryAcrostic PoemThe first letters of each line form a word or message relating to the subject.Emma

Eager to learnMakes time to readMarvelous artistAdores her white poodle

~Paul B JaneczkoTeaching 10 Fabulous Forms of Poetry by Paul B. Janeczko13CinquainA five-line stanza of syllabic verse, the successive lines containing two, four, six, eight and two syllables.Oh, catAre you grinningCurled in the window seatAs sun warms you this DecemberMorning?

~Paul B JaneczkoTeaching 10 Fabulous Forms of Poetry by Paul B. Janeczko14CoupletTwo successive lines of poetry with end-words that rhyme.Whose woods these are I think I knowHis house is in the village though

He gives his harness bells a shakeTo ask if there is some mistake

~Robert FrostStopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

15Free VerseWritten without proper rules.The writer makes his/her own rules. The writer decides how the poem should look, feel, and sound. Winter Poemonce a snowflake fellon my brow and i lovedit so much and i kissedit and it was happy and called its cousinsand brothers and a webof snow engulfed me theni reached to love them alland i squeezed them and they becamea spring rain and i stood perfectlystill and was a flower

~Nikki Giovannihttp://cuip.uchicago.edu/~adarice/cwsite/poems/free%20verse.htm16HaikuA Japanese form of poetry.Gives a brief description of nature.Consists of three unrhymed lines of five, seven and five syllables.A Rainbow

Curving up, then down.Meeting blue sky and green earthMelding sun and rain.

~ Donna Brock

http://cuip.uchicago.edu/~adarice/cwsite/poems/poemhaiku.htm17LimerickLight or humorous verse form of five linesLines one, two and five are of three feet.Lines three and four are of two feet.Rhyme scheme of aabba.A flea and a fly in a flueWere 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.


http://cuip.uchicago.edu/~adarice/cwsite/poems/poemlimerick.htmClick Here for more Limericks!18

Nursery RhymeShort poem for childrenWritten in rhyming verseHanded down in folkloreHumpty Dumpty

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.All the King's horses, And all the King's menCouldn't put Humpty together again!http://www.rhymes.org.uk/humpty_dumpty.htm19Bio PoemsA Biopoem is a poem that describes a person in 11 lines. There is a specific formula to use when writing a bio poem.Teresa NelsonTeresaMother, Artist, Grandmother, TeacherSister of Cindy and JillLover of animals, music, and footballWho feels pain, love, and excitementWho gives tickles, hugs, and advice Who fears failure, deep water, and warWould like to see Paris, Venice, and Barcelona Resident of Denton, TexasNelson

Click here for the Bio Poem Worksheet

20Bio Poem Worksheet(First name)- (Four adjectives that describe the person) Son or Daughter of (your parents names) Lover of (three different things that the person loves) Who feels (three different feelings and when or where they are felt) Who gives (three different things the person gives) Who fears (three different fears the person has) Who would like to see (three different things the person would like to see) Who lives (a brief description of where the person lives) -(last name)

http://cuip.uchicago.edu/~adarice/cwsite/poems/poembio.htm21What is Poetry?If you really want to know what poetry is, read it. Read it carefully. Pay attention. Read it out loud. Now read it again.

http://contemporarylit.about.com/od/poetry/a/poetry.htm22Poetry isthe chiseled marble of language; it's a paint-spattered canvas - but the poet uses words instead of paint, and the canvas is you.



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