Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Poem #4 - Alliteration

Welcome to my 2018 National Poetry Month Project! I love projects!
It is wonderful to find so many folks are joining in at blogs and elsewhere. 
All are welcome!

This year at The Poem Farm, I will be writing a new poem every day about the constellation Orion.  Every day I will highlight a new poetic technique, a technique used by poets and by writers of other genres as well. After all, the techniques of poets are the techniques of all writers. I will be using my Fall 2017 Heinemann book, POEMS ARE TEACHERS, to lead me as I write all April long.

My hope is that some readers might also choose to dive deeply into writing about 1 Subject 30 Ways, to stick with one subject for a few days or for a whole month, approaching it from a variety of perspectives, in a multitude of structures, and with many playful word explorations.

Here is a list of this month's poems so far:

And's technique.

Alliteration Poem Drafting
Photo by Amy LV

Students - To be honest with you, I never start a poem saying to myself, "Today I'm gonna tackle some alliteration!"  I start with meaning, and sometimes I revise toward alliteration...but I do not start with it.  I do not usually begin with ANY of these ideas or techniques, but I do have them all at my disposal, as do you.

This month, however, I am beginning with subject and technique.  I thought this would be strange.  And it is strange, a little bit strange. But it is also rather interesting.

Today I looked at my Orion words and began by choosing a letter.  'B' was obvious as it begins both shoulder star names.  And so off I went, finding 'b' words and playing, substituting and playing more.

I used RhymeZone here online and also sites with word lists.  

Sometimes I like drafting best, and sometimes I like revision best.  The revision for today's poem was loads of fun!

In my book POEMS ARE TEACHERS, I highlight alliteration with a poem by Allan Wolf. The title of his poem (page 160) is "Racing Round the Clock."   The two student poet mentors (page 163) are Henry V. with "Electricity" and Mia K. with "Snow."  Thank you to these poets!

Remember, you can connect with all kinds of poetry goodness happening throughout April 2018 at my introductory National Poetry Month post HERE.

See you tomorrow...with second person point of view (addressing the reader with the word "you")!


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  1. You poem today gave me tasty morsels to research. Love learning along with you! Off to the vernal pool with the kiddos today. It's damp and foggy. I'll be back with some alliterative friendly frogs or slippery salamanders!

  2. I know his backstory would warrant calling him a brute, but I always see him as my protector, my Buddy, up there in the early morning sky as I walk in the dark...

    1. Mary Lee - I am feeling this conflict too. I see him the same way, and this may lead into tomorrow's poem. xx

  3. Beautiful backstory, Amy, continuing with "Bs". Alliteration is not so easy, but you make it look that way.

  4. What fun! I love Orion and can't wait for his return outside my front door in fall. I have sometimes tackled a single topic for many poems in my poetry diary, but I love your methodical approach here. What a great way to hone your own skills and display different techniques for students. Genius!

  5. Alliteration has always been one of my favorite sound devices. It's also a rhetorical device I teach in my dual credit speech classes. As Christie says, I found myself needing to refresh my memory after reading your poem today.

  6. I love playing with alliteration, Amy. I even like the way the word sounds. Your advice to the children poets is sound. Brilliant Bully and bellicose are great beginning & end points to your poem.

  7. Dear Mrs. Ludwig VanDerwater,
    We just read today's poem called It Could Happen. We learned about Circular Poems!That beginnings and endings can be the same or sometimes have more emotion using the same words. We realized you wrote a circular poem in your new book Read! Read! Read! called Word Collection!
    Ms. Luft's class