2 Let’s start with some basics… po·et·ry (n)writing chosen and arranged to create a certain emotional response through meaning, sound, and rhythmprose (n)everything else! ordinary language that people use when they speak or write
3 Lines May be short or long. Are NOT necessarily complete sentences or even complete thoughts!The arrangement of lines, spacing, and whether or not the lines rhyme in some manner, can define the FORM of a poem.
4 StanzaA group of lines whose rhyme scheme is usually followed throughout the poem.A division in poetry like a paragraph in prose.Common stanza patterns include couplets, triplets, quatrains, etc.Free-verse poems follow no rules regarding where to divide stanzas.
6 Couplet Two lines that rhyme. A complete idea is usually expressed in a couplet, or in a long poem made up of many couplets.Couplets may be humorous or serious.
7 Couplet continued… Example: But if the while I think on thee, dear friend,All losses are restored and sorrows end.ShakespeareChocolate candy is sweet and yummyIt goes down smoothly in my tummy!Unknown
8 Couplet continued… Twinkle, twinkle little star, How I wonder what you are,Up above the world so high,Like a diamond in the sky.
9 Narrative PoemsTell a story. It is a story told in verse, by a speaker or narrator.There is a plot … something happens; because of this, something else happens.Can be true or fictional.Poems vary in treatment of character and setting.Forms of narrative poetry include:balladepic
10 Narrative Poems: Ballad A narrative, rhyming poem or song.Characterized by short stanzas and simple words, usually telling a heroic and/or tragic story (although some are humorous).Can be long.Usually rich with imagery (emotionally charged visual images).Originated from folk songs that told exciting or dramatic stories.
11 Ballad continued…Example from John Henry, a traditional American ballad in ten stanzas.When John Henry was a tiny little babySitting on his mama’s knee,He picked up a hammer and a little piece of steelSaying, “Hammer’s going to be the death of me, Lord, Lord,Hammer’s going to be the death of me.”John Henry was a man just six feet high.Nearly two feet and a half across his chest.He’d hammer with a nine-pound hammer all dayAnd never get tired and want to rest. Lord, Lord,And never get tired and want to rest.
12 Ballad continued…Example from The Unquiet Grave. (an old ballad that would have been sung to an eerily catchy tune)The wind doth blow today, my love,And a few small drops of rain.I never had but one true-love,In cold grave she was lain.I’ll do as much for my true-loveAs any young man may.I’ll sit and mourn all at her graveFor a twelvemonth and a day.
13 Narrative Poems: EpicVery long narrative (story) poem that tells of the adventures of a hero.Purpose is to help the reader understand the past and be inspired to choose good over evil.Usually focuses on the heroism of one person who is a symbol of strength, virtue, and courage in the face of conflict.
14 Narrative Poems: Epic continued Some are VERY long – for example, The Odyssey by Homer, (written as 12 books) has over 6,213 lines in the first half alone!
15 Lyric Poetry Always expresses some emotion. Poems are shorter than epic poems.Tend to express the personal feelings of one speaker (often the poet).Give you a feeling that they could be sung.
16 Lyric Poetry continued… Originally Greek poets sang or recited poems accompanied by music played on a lyre (a stringed instrument like a small harp).In the Renaissance, poems were accompanied by a lute (like a guitar).
17 Lyric Poetry: SonnetMost sonnets are in a fixed form of 14 lines of 10 syllables, usually written in iambic pentameter.The theme of the poem is summed up in the last two lines.Can be about any subject, but usually are about love and/or philosophy.
18 Lyric Poetry: Sonnet continued… Example from Sonnet 18 by Shakespeare:Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?Thou art more lovely and more temperate:Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,And summer's lease hath all too short a date:Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,And often is his gold complexion dimm'd;And every fair from fair sometime declines,By chance or nature's changing course untrimm'd;But thy eternal summer shall not fadeNor lose possession of that fair thou owest;Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade,When in eternal lines to time thou growest:So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,So long lives this and this gives life to thee.
19 Lyric Poetry: Ode A tribute to someone or something. Often uses exalted language in praise or celebration.Can be serious or humorous.
20 Lyric Poetry: Ode continued… Example from Ode to Pablo's Tennis Shoes by Gary SotoThey wait under Pablo's bed, Rain-beaten, sun-beaten, A scuff of green At their tips From when he fell In the school yard. He fell leaping for a football That sailed his way. But Pablo fell and got up, Green on his shoes, With the football Out of reach.Now it's night. Pablo is in bed listening To his mother laughing to the Mexican novelas on TV. His shoes, twin pets That snuggle his toes, Are under the bed.
21 Elegy to express grief or mourning for someone who has died somber, serious, ending on a peaceful note
22 Elegy example… Elegy for Anne Frank You blossomed and grew by Jessica SmithYou blossomed and grewbetween the quiet gray wallsof your attic home.A sidewalk-surrounded flowerpushed up through the cracks,petals straining forthe light, but yourroots held you down.In the dim light of your roomyou made family trees,the continuing livescomforting you in waysyour mother could not.While concentration campsbuilt bonfires with thebones of your neighbors,you dreamed of the sun andthe love you’d find when the doorsof your prison were unlocked.When I took your short life from your diary,I could feel your heartbeatpulse with my own,and every breath you tookwent into my own lungs,every desire you felt,I felt, too.Your life was held by four silent years,surrounding you as the four walls did.And before the last bomb fell,destroying the last of your love and light,you died.And I am thankful.Elegy example…
23 LimerickA FUNNY 5-line poem, written with one couplet (two lines of poetry that rhyme) and one triplet (three lines of poetry that rhyme).Always follows the same pattern.The rhyme scheme (pattern) is – a a b b a.The last line contains the “punchline” or “heart of the joke”.Often contain hyperbole, onomatopoeia, idioms, and other figurative language.
24 Limerick continued…You will soon hear the distinctive beat pattern of all limericks.eg: “A fly and a flea 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.”alliteration!Can you identify the rhyme pattern?
25 By Edward Lear, who made limericks very popular. Limerick continued…By Edward Lear, who made limericks very popular.
26 Limerick continued… eg. Before we even said grace He sat and filled up his faceHe gorged on salamiAte all the pastramiThen exploded with nary a trace.There was a large bear in a treeWho was in pursuit of a beeThe bee was no dummyHe gave the bear moneySo the bear let the honeybee free.
27 Free Verse Is just that – free! Lines of poetry written without rules; no regular beat or rhyme.Unrhymed poetry.eg. Autumn Thoughtby Langston Hughes;Flowers are happy in summer.In autumn they die and are blown away.Dry and withered,Their petals dance on the windLike little brown butterflies.
28 HaikuA Japanese form of poetry; one line of five syllables; one line of seven syllables; and a final line of five syllables.Fragments (not usually complete sentences)About everyday things; written in the present tense.Much is left unsaid.
29 Haiku continued… Examples: Little sparrow child plays in the road. “Oh, watch out!Watch out! Horse tramps by!”Soft, summer twilight,suddenly a sound; Frog leapsin the old pond – Splash!imagery!onomatopoeia!
30 Cinquain A Cinquain is a poem that resembles a diamond. It has 5 lines and begins with one word.The 2nd line has two adjectives that describe that word.The 3rd , three verbs.The 4th line is a phrase that goes deeper into the topic.The 5th line gives either a synonym for the first word, or a word that encompasses the whole poem.
31 Loving, playing, Laughing Cinquain examples…SisterSmart, OutgoingLoving, playing, LaughingAlways in for some funFriend“Tucson Rain”The smellEveryone movesTo the window to lookWork stops and people start talkingRain came
33 List Poem One of the oldest forms of poetry a.k.a Catalog Poem Polynesians used list poems to form an inventory of all of their islands!a.k.a Catalog PoemCan be long or short, rhymed or unrhymed
34 List Poem continued… Example: Things a Pigeon Knows What does a pigeon know? Who throws cracker crumbs theEaves and ledges, thickest,Rafter edges, How thin cats are oftenGutter streams, quickest.Steel beams, Tennis courts. Trees in parks.Cars and busses, The highest steeple.A bridge, with its delightful Swarmstrusses, of people.Sidewalks,Culverts,Popcorn vendors, - Patricia HubbellTaxis and their yellowfenders.
35 Concrete PoetryPoetry in which authors use both words and physical shape to convey a message.Poetry in which authors use both words and physical shape to convey a message.