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Poetry Form Lesson

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Jamie Lamb

on 22 April 2015

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Transcript of Poetry Form Lesson

Don't be afraid to write...
Try Try Again
by T. H. Palmer

'Tis a lesson you should heed,
If at first you don't succeed,
Try, try again;

Then your courage should appear,
For if you will persevere,
You will conquer, never fear
Try, try again;

Once or twice, though you should fail,
If you would at last prevail,
Try, try again;

If we strive, 'tis no disgrace
Though we do not win the race;
What should you do in the case?
Try, try again

If you find your task is hard,
Time will bring you your reward,
Try, try again

All that other folks can do,
Why, with patience, should not you?
Only keep this rule in view:
Try, try again.
Fun Forms of Poetry... Which do you prefer?
Free Verse: A poem that uses natural speech
Ballad: A narrative poem
Lyrical: A poem used to express feelings
Ode: A poem that is ceremonial and glorifying
Allegory: A poem which uses symbolism to represent concepts
Elegy: A mournful poem
Haiku: A poem which commonly has 17 syllables: 3 lines of 5, 7, & 5 syllables.
Villanelle: A poem with 19 lines, and strict structure: 5 tercets & 1 quatrain, wholly based on two ryhmes.
Sonnet: A poem which commonly contains 14 lines: Italian (Petrarchan) Sonnet = 1 octave, 1 sestet English (Shakespearean) Sonnet = 3 quatrains, 1 couplet
Poetic Forms
Poetry is music to my ears...
Tupac Shakur (b: June 16, 1971, d: September 13, 1996) Rapper, poet.
Midwestern Poetic Inspiration...
John Prine, born October 18, 1946 in Maywood, IL, singer/song-writer.
Best known for folk lyrical songs (Folk: Regional cultural writings. Lyrical: Emotionally expressive).
Played at the opening of Cedar Rapids Paramount Theatre, March 2011.
Edgar Allan Poe
One of the most famous American authors of all time.
Born January 19, 1809, in Boston, Massachusetts.
In January, 1845 Poe published his poem "The Raven", which instantly became famous.
Poe's work can be seen throughout the years in popular culture - Have you ever heard of "The Raven"?
Best known for his realistic lyrical rap ballads (Lyrical poem: expresses feelings/emotions. Ballad poem: Narrative/story-telling).
'Keep Ya Head Up', by: Tupac Shakur
'Unwed Fathers'
From a teenage lover, to an unwed mother
Kept undercover, like some bad dream
While unwed fathers, they can't be bothered
They run like water, through a mountain stream
Some say the blacker the berry, the sweeter the juice
I say the darker the flesh, then the deeper the roots
I give a holler to my sisters on welfare
Tupac cares, if don't nobody else cares
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