Students - Today's verse is about our new kitten, Fiona. I saw her curled up on Georgia's blanket, and I loved the sound of "kitten" and "camouflage" together. The rest of the poem just grew around those sounds. It is fun for me to read.
Can you find other similar sounds in the poem?
Look for consonants that repeat near each other. This is called consonance.
Look for vowels that repeat near each other. This is called assonance.
Alliteration is when sounds at the beginnings of words repeat near each other.
When you write a poem, experiment with the sounds at the starts of words and also the vowels inside of words. Rhyme is not the only way to play with sound.
Is there a daily image you love? If so, do not miss a chance to write about it. I love seeing Fiona curled all around the house, and now I can read this poem to her as she sleeps.
Today I am honored to welcome Emily, a fourth grade poet from Louisana. Margaret Simon from Reflections on the Teche, is one of Emily's teachers, and I am thankful to share her poem today at The Poem Farm. It is an acrostic, but it is so well written that you might not even realize this if we didn't tell you.
I asked Emily if she would be willing to share how she writes. She replied...
My tips for writing a good poem would be the following:
- You do not want to write a "lazy" poem.
- Think about descriptive words that other people would be able to imagine.
- Try to use metaphors that are related to your subject.
I don't really know how I do it; I just love to write. I want to be a poet.
Emily is a poet already, and I very much hope to have the opportunity to read more of her work. Students - I recommend trying one of these writing tips when you write. What do you think Emily means when she refers to a "lazy" poem?
Much gratitude to both Emily and Margaret for this Poetry Peek today.
This week's Poetry Friday roundup is over at Today's Little Ditty with Michelle. Head on over for some new poems and to visit with some new and old friends too.
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