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Copy of 5th Grade Poetry
Transcript of Copy of 5th Grade Poetry
5 Senses Poem
Nice and sweet
Delightful and delicious
Raindrops on the roof
“Cinq” means “five” in French. A cinquain is a special kind of five-line poem with a very strict form.
Line 1 One word – the subject of the poem
This word is a noun.
Line 2 Two words describing the title
These words are adjectives, words that describe the noun
Line 3 Three words expressing action
These are verbs that tell what the noun in line one does.
Separate the verbs with commas.
Line 4 Four words expressing a feeling
This can be a short phrase or a series of words.
Line 5 One word that is another word for the subject
This should be a synonym for the subject
Racing, climbing, crashing
Fun on two wheels
Watching, rolling, blinking
Tell more than words
Haiku is a form of ancient Japanese poetry. The poems are often written about
things in nature or seasons. They are also written about emotions or feelings about
something. Haiku poems are not written as complete sentences. They are more often
written as short thoughts and capitalization and punctuation is up to the writer.
Haiku follows this form:
Line 1) 5 syllables
Line 2) 7 syllables
Line 3) 5 syllables
Include images that appeal to the five senses. What colors do you see? What sounds
can you hear? What is the taste of the image? What smells do you notice? How does
it feel? Since you are very limited in the number of syllables you can use, try not to
repeat words and limit the use of unimportant words.
Waking up to chirps
Birds singing in the morning
Beautiful bird songs
The evening sun sets
Brilliant colors glimmering
Five senses poems use your senses to study or investigate a subject. The focus of
the poem is on using similes. Similes are comparisons between two unlike things using
with words “like” or “as.”
Line 1. Tell what color an emotion or idea looks like to you.
Line 2. Tell what the emotion or idea tastes like (imagine it has a taste).
Line 3. Tell what the emotion or idea sounds like.
Line 4. Tell what emotion or idea smells like.
Line 5. Tell what the emotion or idea looks like.
Line 6. Tell how the emotion or idea makes you feel.
Summer is yellow.
It tastes like lemonade.
It sounds like kids splashing in a lake.
It smells like dandelions.
It looks like boating.
It makes me feel overjoyed.
Rain is clear.
It tastes like water.
It sounds like pounding on your windows.
It smells like fresh pine trees.
It looks like dew drops on plants.
It makes me feel cool.
Free Verse poetry does not follow any specific patterns in rhythm, rhyme scheme, or line length. Free verse may contain rhymes , but they are not used in a prescribed manner. A great example would be the poem Song of Myself by Walt Whitman.
Song of Myself
by Walt Whitman
I celebrate myself, and sing myself,
And what I assume you shall assume,
For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you.
I loaf and invite my soul,
I lean and loaf at my ease observing a spear of summer grass.
A NARRATIVE POEM tells a story and can be about anything. Sometimes the poem's lines have a rhyming pattern. Sometimes they don't rhyme at all. Here's a narrative poem written
Jimmy Goes to the City
by Arthur Read
Jimmy was a happy ape
Until some hunters caught him
He liked the jungle better than
The city where they brought him
The city was louder
The city was meaner
Even the dirt in the jungle was cleaner
So Jimmy made a daring escape!
The hunters were suddenly minus one ape!
He climbed the tallest building
Because from there he'd see
How far away the jungle was
From the middle of the city.
Jimmy jumped into a passing plane
But the pilot didn't wait for him to explain
Jimmy flew back to the jungle
And told his ape friends in their lair
"The city's okay for a visit
But you couldn't make me live there."
Acrostic poems are simple poems in which each the first letter of each line forms a word or phrase (vertically). An acrostic poem can describe the subject or even tell a brief story about it.