by Amy LV
Poems with Comparisons
Students - when we compare one thing to something else, it helps our brains and souls take a mental leap. By placing two different things near each other, two things which share some quality, a reader can see a connection and understand a new idea or image more clearly. Metaphors (comparisons between two things) and similes (comparisons using the words like or as) deepen and enrich our words.
from December 2010
from June 2010
from October 2010
from May 2010
Here are a few more poems with comparisons.
Students - when you walk around and observe things in your life, try to make a practice of comparing the things you see/hear/feel/taste/smell to other things. This is wonderful for your writing, and will also be enormously helpful to you as you try to explain ideas in other areas such as math and science. See things in terms of other things. Feel things in terms of other feelings. Let your senses cross!
I had planned to write about comparisons today. And then a writing heroine of mine, April Halprin Wayland, wrote about them yesterday. Don't miss her post - Metaphors Be With You.
Many thank yous to fifth grade poet Deontae and her librarian Mrs. Jone Rush MacCulloch (Mrs. Mac) of Silver Star Elementary in Vancouver, WA. Once again, Mrs. Mac's students sent original poetry postcards to anyone who requested one this month. Mine just arrived yesterday, a perfect way to end National Poetry Month. I am tickled, and this poem will hang above my desk as inspiration. (Or maybe I should put it down low for our dog Cali to see!)
I imagine that Deontae's clever and playful poem was inspired by Joyce Sidman's thoughtful and whimsical book THIS IS JUST TO SAY: POEMS OF APOLOGY AND FORGIVENESS, inspired by William Carlos Williams's poem "This is Just to Say."
Last year I was fortunate enough to receive one of these student poems too! There are so many wonderful ways to spread poetry around the world. I do love receiving poetry postcards!
Below is the completed list of this month's poetry posts. I hope that you will find them useful to you, and they will soon be kept in the sidebar. For now, The Poem Farm is taking a brief break for at least a chunk of May as it finds its new direction.
Poetry Revisits and Lessons from April 2011
April 1 - Poems about Poems
April 2 - Imagery
April 3 - Poems about Animals We Know
April 4 - Line Breaks and White Space
April 5 - Poems from Everyday Life
April 6 - Free Verse
April 7 - Poems from Wonders & Questions
April 8 - Classroom Poetry Peek & Circular Poems
April 9 - Poems about Science
April 10 - Rhyming Couplets
April 11 - Riddle Poems
April 12 - List Poems
April 13 - Poems for Occasions
April 14 - Concrete Poems
April 15 - Poems about Food
April 16 - Quatrains
April 17 - Poems about the Seasons
April 18 - Alliteration
April 19 - Poems about Sports
April 20 - Compare/Contrast Poems
April 21 - Family Story Poems
April 22 - Poems about Nature
April 23 - Repetition
April 24 - Poems Inspired by Fairy Tales
April 25 - Concerns Poems
April 26 - Mask PoemsApril 27 - How-To Poems
April 28 - Word Play Poems
April 29 - Silly Poems
April 30 - Poems with Comparisons
Please look in the right hand sidebar for all kinds of recommendations for wonderful poetry places to visit. I will be back soon, and hopefully with a new good plan.
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