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    Poetry Made Simple

     

    Cinquain

     

    A Five Line poem consisting of;

    1. The first line is a one word title. (Usually a noun)

    2. The second line is a two word description of the topic. (Two adjectives)

    3. The third line is three words expressing action of the topic. (Usually three “ing” words)

    4. The fourth line is a four word phrase showing feeling for the topic.

    5. The fifth line is a one word synonym that restates the essence of the topic.

     

    Examples:

    Volcanoes

    Red, Hot

    Erupting from within

    Nature’s furnace of fire

    Inferno

     

    Reading

    Fluid, Active

    Participating, Sharing, Learning

    Glow in the dark

    Illuminating

     

    Haiku

     

    A Japanese form of poetry that consists of three lines.

    1. Five Syllables

    2. Seven Syllables

    3. Five Syllables

     

    Examples:

    The snow-covered tree

    Sparkles in the soft moonlight

    The Wind Rushes by

     

    The Typhoon

    Wrath of the typhoon

    Lightning strikes with heavy winds

    Here fast, gone faster

     

    Acrostic

     

    The first letter in each line, when read vertically, spells out something or conveys some other kind of message. It may or may not be read as a complete sentence.

     

    Examples:

     

    Towering                                                       

    Reaching                                                        
    Extending                                                     
    Embracing the sky
     
    Curled up in a corner
    At peace
    Taking a nap
     
    Windspark

     

    This poem has five lines with the following pattern;

    1. I dreamed
    2. I was (something or someone)
    3. Where
    4. An action
    5. How

    Example:

    I dreamed

    I was a tree

    On a hillside

    Playing with the wind

    Joyfully

     

    Limerick

    5 lines with a rhyme scheme of (aa, bb, a). The first line explains the situation, the second tells what happened, the third and fourth tell what went wrong, and the fifth tells the significance (the so what?!) These poems were popularized by Edward Lear.

    There was a young lady of Niger

    Who smiled as she rode on a tiger.

    They returned from the ride

    With the lady inside

    And the smile on the face of the tiger.

    -- Anonymous

    Diamante

     

    These are diamond-shaped contrast poems and consist seven lines that have the following pattern;

    Line 1: Noun or subject
    Line 2: Two Adjectives
    Line 3: Three -ing words
    Line 4: Four words about the subject
    Line 5: Three -ing words
    Line 6: Two adjectives
    Line 7: Synonym/antonym for the subject

     

    Examples:

     

    seed

    small, buried

    growing, breathing, living

    protection, oxygen, shade, habitat

    dying, rotting, crumbling

    moist, rich

    soil

     

     

    rain

    moist, damp

    dripping, splashing, reinvigorating

    cool, wet, clear, warm

    shining, warming, heating

    bright, hot

    sun

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