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Jack Prelutsky

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Biography
Jack Prelutsky was born on September 8, 1940.
He grew up in the Bronx among the working class.
He diligently avoided poetry as a child, because of a teacher who “left [him] with the impression that poetry was the literary equivalent of liver.”
He started writing for fun when he was 24. At the urging of a friend, he took his poems to an editor, who published them and remained his editor until she retired.
Prelutsky is still alive and writes humorous children's poetry. He has written over 40 collections of poetry. Inspiration
Prelutsky gets his ideas from everyday life.
He often begins by "asking serious questions about a silly idea."
Inspiring young writers is one of Prelutsky’s passions. He wants to prevent the cynicism he had towards poetry as a kid, and help children develop a love and appreciation for poetry earlier in life. "A Pizza the Size of the Sun"
I'm making a pizza the size of the sun,
a pizza that's sure to weigh more than a ton,
a pizza too massive to pick up and toss,
a pizza resplendent with oceans of sauce.
I'm topping my pizza with mountains of cheese,
with acres of peppers, pimentos, and peas,
with mushrooms, tomatoes, and sausage galore,
with every last olive they had at the store.
My pizza is sure to be one of a kind,
my pizza will leave other pizzas behind,
my pizza will be a delectable treat
that all who love pizza are welcome to eat.
The oven is hot, I believe it will take
a year and a half for my pizza to bake.
I hardly can wait till my pizza is done,
my wonderful pizza the size of the sun. His TONE reflects his readers; he is child-like, optimistic about his endeavor, and more than willing to share his achievements. Metaphors alliteration rhyme scheme: aabbcc... Characteristics of Poetry
rigid rhyme scheme and rhythm
alliterations, metaphors, similes, simplistic diction
themes: fantastical creatures (dragons, etc), nonsense, obesity/overeating, personification of animals
outlandish "Ballad of a Boneless Chicken"
I'm a basic boneless chicken,
yes, I have no bones inside,
I'm without a trace of rib cage,
yet I hold myself with pride,
other hens appear offended
by my total lack of bones,
they discuss me impolitely
in derogatory tones.
I am absolutely boneless,
I am boneless through and through,
I have neither neck nor thighbones,
and my back is boneless too,
and I haven't got a wishbone,
not a bone within my breast,
so I rarely care to travel
from the comfort of my nest.
I have feathers fine and fluffy,
I have lovely little wings,
but I lack the superstructure
to support these splendid things.
Since a chicken finds it tricky
to parade on boneless legs,
I stick closely to the hen house,
laying little scrambled eggs. alliterations personification of an unrealistic creature simple diction with a few vocabulary words thrown in rhyme scheme: abcb "I Wave Good-bye When Butter Flies"
I wave good-bye when butter flies
and cheer a boxing match,
I've often watched my pillow fight,
I've sewn a cabbage patch,
I like to dance at basket balls
or lead a rubber band,
I've marveled at a spelling bee,
I've helped a peanut stand.
It's possible a pencil points,
but does a lemon drop?
Does coffee break or chocolate kiss,
and will a soda pop?
I share my milk with drinking straws,
my meals with chewing gum,
and should I see my pocket change,
I'll hear my kettle drum.
It makes me sad when lettuce leaves,
I laugh when dinner rolls,
I wonder if the kitchen sinks
and if a salad bowls,
I've listened to a diamond ring,
I've waved a football fan,
and if a chimney sweeps the floor,
I'm sure the garbage can. rhyme scheme: abcb... forces the reader to think outside the box in order to understand the poem
The style transcends conventional literary devices.
“I routinely combine several techniques in a poem and can wind up with some complex results.” -Jack Quiz!
1. Where did Jack Prelutsky grow up?
2. Why didn't he like poetry as a child?
3. How many books has he written?
4. What two literary devices characterize "Ballad of a Boneless Chicken"?
5. Name one characteristic of Jack Prelutsky's poetry. Impact
His collections are now popular resources in elementary school classrooms.
His poems have caused countless young readers to fall in love with poetry. =] http://www.jackprelutsky.com/ Jack Prelutsky!
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