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What is a Poem?

An introduction to poetry covering lines, stanza and questions to inspire students to consider, "what is a poem?"
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Miss OConnor

on 3 February 2011

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Transcript of What is a Poem?

Figurative Language Do You Believe... Poetry is confusing Writing poetry is hard A poem has to rhyme I can't write good poems When I read a poem, I don't get it Is this a poem? Think about it... What makes a Poem? Line Read both versions of William Carlos Williams' Poem "This is Just to Say". Notice how the arrangement of the lines change the way you read it. Think about how lines can be used to help a reader understand a poem. I don't know how to write a poem I write poems all the time I'm very good at writing poems Watch this review of the figurative language writer's use. What is a poem? A poem has to have deeper meaning Is This You? Poetry is Boring I love to write Poems! "When beetles fight these battles in a bottle with their paddles
and the bottle's on a poodle and the poodle's eating noodles...
...they call this a muddle puddle tweetle poodle beetle noodle
bottle paddle battle."
— Dr. Seuss (Fox in Socks) This rhymes, is it a poem? Fleas
Adam
Had 'em.
~Ogden Nash Is this always true? why? This is Just to Say
I have eaten
the plums
that were in
the icebox
and which
you were probably saving
for breakfast
Forgive me
they were delicious
so sweet
and so cold
~William Carlos Williams This is Just to Say I have eaten all the plums that were in the icebox and which you were probably saving for breakfast. Forgive me they were delicious so sweet and cold.

~William Carlos Williams
Why does the way a poem is written change its meaning? On Your Own Find or write an example of one of these techniques Simile Metaphor Personification Imagery Rhythm RHyme Alliteration hyperbole Stanza Read the two versions of the excerpt from Wallace Stevens' "Thirteen Ways of Looking At A BlackBird." Notice how the use of stanzas change the poem. Writing poetry is easy Do you think repetition The river is moving. 

The blackbird must be flying.
It was evening all afternoon. 

It was snowing 

And it was going to snow. 

The blackbird sat

In the cedar-limbs. The river is moving. 

The blackbird must be flying.

It was evening all afternoon.

It was snowing 

And it was going to snow. 

The blackbird sat 

In the cedar-limbs. OR is this? What about this? Or do you believe How do stanzas help you understand a poem? Why is figurative language an important tool for a poet?
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