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Creative Writing: Poetry

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UNIT #2: POETRY
week 1: poetry basics
week 2: shorter poems
week 3: structured poems
week 4: finding your voice
week 5: portfolios
To analyze (a literary work) in order to reveal its meaning.
EXPLICATE
couplet
rhyme scheme
enjambment
caesura
imagery
symbolism
metaphor
simile
rhyme
slant rhyme
assonance
alliteration
allusion
connotation
denotation
consonance
hyperbole
internal rhyme
meter
mood
onomatopoeia
tone
oxymoron
personification
puns
rhythm
stanza
understatement
verse
figurative language
COMMON POETRY TERMS
sound words
structure words
wordplay terms
emotional tools
apostrophe
Print out the lyrics to a song of your choice.
Head to the Computers
What do you think of when you think of:
POETRY?
work product:
explicate and present a poem of your choice in Thursday's class
Write your thoughts down in a few sentences. Be prepared to share!
HW DUE TUESDAY:
print lyrics to a second song and explicate it.
(identify 10 terms in it).

Spirits above and behind me
Faces gone, black eyes burnin' bright
May their precious blood forever bind me
Lord as I stand before your fiery light

I see you Mary in the garden
In the garden of a thousand sighs
There's holy pictures of our children
Dancin' in a sky filled with light
May I feel your arms around me
May I feel your blood mix with mine
A dream of life comes to me
Like a catfish dancin' on the end of the line

Sky of blackness and sorrow (a dream of life)
Sky of love, sky of tears (a dream of life)
Sky of glory and sadness (a dream of life)
Sky of mercy, sky of fear (a dream of life)
Sky of memory and shadow (a dream of life)
Your burnin' wind fills my arms tonight
Sky of longing and emptiness (a dream of life)
Sky of fullness, sky of blessed life (a dream of life)

Come on up for the rising
Come on up, lay your hands in mine
Come on up for the rising
Come on up for the rising tonight
The Rising
By Bruce Springsteen

Can't see nothin' in front of me
Can't see nothin' coming up behind
I make my way through this darkness
I can't feel nothing but this chain that binds me
Lost track of how far I've gone
How far I've gone, how high I've climbed
On my back's a sixty pound stone
On my shoulder a half mile line

Come on up for the rising
Com on up, lay your hands in mine
Come on up for the rising
Come on up for the rising tonight

Left the house this morning
Bells ringing filled the air
Wearin' the cross of my calling
On wheels of fire I come rollin' down here

Come on up for the rising
Come on up, lay your hands in mine
Come on up for the rising
Come on up for the rising tonight

Li,li, li,li,li,li, li,li,li
BAD POEMS
Literal level only
Figurative level
BETTER POEMS
Universal level
BEST POEMS
most every word means exactly what it says
the poem contains precise metaphorical language
the poem expresses an idea greater than itself
Wrecking Ball
By Bruce Springsteen

I was raised out of steel here in the swamps of Jersey, some misty years ago
Through the mud and the beer, and the blood and the cheers, I've seen champions come and go
So if you got the guts mister, yeah, if you got the balls
If you think it's your time, then step to the line, and bring on your wrecking ball

Bring on your wrecking ball
Bring on your wrecking ball
Come on and take your best shot, let me see what you got
Bring on your wrecking ball

Now my home's here in these meadowlands where mosquitoes grow big as airplanes
Here where the blood is spilled, the arena's filled, and giants played their games
So raise up your glasses and let me hear your voices call
Because tonight all the dead are here, so bring on your wrecking ball

Bring on your wrecking ball
Bring on your wrecking ball
Come on and take your best shot, let me see what you got
Bring on your wrecking ball

Yeah, we know that come tomorrow, none of this will be here
So hold tight on your anger, you hold tight on your anger
Hold tight to your anger, don't fall to your fears

Now when all this steel and these stories, they drift away to rust
And all our youth and beauty, it's been given to the dust
When the game has been decided and we're burning down the clock
And all our little victories and glories have turned into parking lots
When your best hopes and desires are scattered through the wind
And hard times come, and hard times go
And hard times come, and hard times go
And hard times come, and hard times go
And hard times come, and hard times go…
Yeah just to come again

Bring on your wrecking ball
Bring on your wrecking ball
Come on and take your best shot, let me see what you got
Bring on your wrecking ball
ACROSTIC POEMS
Poems that can be read in
Other directions than
Expected. Like
Me.
HAIKU
+ Non-rhyming
+ Three lines long
+ 5, 7, 5 syllables
+ typically about nature
+ last line has a twist
CINQUAIN
NOUN
TWO ADJECTIVES
THREE "ING" WORDS
FOUR WORDS TO DESCRIBE
SYNONYM
Chipotle
Spicy Sweet
Bursting, Chewing, Simmering
This is one spicy
Burrito.
Clerihew
+ Four lines long
+ AABB Rhyme scheme
+ Irregular line length
+ Biographical
+ Humorous
Edmund Clerihew Bentley
SHORT POEMS
Write a NATURE or WEATHER
related word on top of a blank sheet of paper.

Rip this page out of your book.
work product:
by Monday, you should have FOUR original short poems.
Write down the number you were assigned.


Then pick a (whole) number less than 12.
= number of lines.
= number of syllables.
My writing teacher, Mr. Meehan
Is the man.
He taught me that a clerihew is what this poem is called.
Oh yeah. And he's bald.
Tonight's HW:
Post a link to your portfolio website on the Edmodo page.
Well, son, I'll tell you:
Life for me ain't been no crystal stair.
It's had tacks in it,
And splinters,
And boards torn up,
And places with no carpet on the floor—
Bare.
But all the time
I'se been a-climbin' on,
And reachin' landin's,
And turnin' corners,
And sometimes goin' in the dark
Where there ain't been no light.
So, boy, don't you turn back.
Don't you set down on the steps.
'Cause you finds it's kinder hard.
Don't you fall now—
For I'se still goin', honey,
I'se still climbin',
And life for me ain't been no crystal stair.
Mother to Son - Langston Hughes
Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquility.
- William Wordsworth
a
tiny
shining
pulsar of far-off beauty
beams brilliant white
peeking its pinhole
beyond castles
clouds
towns
and
men
CONCRETE POEMS
(aka "shaped poems)
Limerick
Five lines long
AABBA rhyme scheme
8,8,6,6,8 syllables
Typically humorous
There once was a man from Peru
Who didn't know quite what to do
When he went to town
The people would frown
Because of the smell from his shoe.
FOUND POEMS
Poeticize the ordinary.
"Make it new" by finding poetry in unexpected places.
"Writing poetry without rhyme is like playing tennis without a net."
FREE VERSE
work product:
by Monday, you should have TEN original short poems.
BALLAD FORM
SONNET
The Holy Rollers urge me to repent
For all my wasted days and wanton nights
And for each idle afternoon I've spent
Pursuing flesh to set my soul alight.
And, for their part, I do not think them wrong
Entirely – though still I do mistrust
Them slightly, for as I have heard in song
"Love is an angel in disguise of lust."
If so, it seems that love and lust are sealed
As two-in-one, their virtues interlace.
The trick, therefore, is how to make her yield
To will and willie both and still find grace.
And so, if grace be found I do foretell
The road to Heaven paved with stones of Hell.
14 lines long
10 syllables per line
Rhyme Scheme:





Iambic

PENTAMETER
English / Shakespearean:
ABAB, CDCD, EFEF, GG
Italian / Petrarchan:
ABBA ABBA CDE CDE or
ABBA ABBA CD CD CD
My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun;
Coral is far more red than her lips' red;
If snow be white, why then her breasts are dun;
If hairs be wires, black wires grow on her head.
I have seen roses damask'd, red and white,
But no such roses see I in her cheeks;
And in some perfumes is there more delight
Than in the breath that from my mistress reeks.
I love to hear her speak, yet well I know
That music hath a far more pleasing sound;
I grant I never saw a goddess go;
My mistress, when she walks, treads on the ground:
And yet, by heaven, I think my love as rare
As any she belied with false compare.
ABXB rhyme scheme
Iambic

tetrameter
2 syllables (unaccented ACCENTED)
four iambs per line
I like to see it lap the miles,
And lick the valleys up,
And stop to feed itself at tanks;
And then, prodigious, step

Around a pile of mountains,
And, supercilious, peer
In shanties by the sides of roads;
And then a quarry pare
To fit its sides, and crawl between,
Complaining all the while
In horrid, hooting stanza;
Then chase itself down hill

And neigh like Boanerges;
Then, punctual as a star,
Stop--docile and omnipotent--
At its own stable door.
2 syllables (unaccented ACCENTED)
five iambs per line
(lines 2 and 4 rhyme)
(line "x" is a non-rhyme)
˘ ¯
¯ ˘
¯ ¯
¯ ˘ ˘
˘ ˘ ¯
Metric Feet
poets alter the rhythm of a poem by rearranging different stressed and unstressed sounds.
1. Acrostic
2. Cinquain
3. Clerihew
4. Haiku
5. Free Verse
6. Concrete Poem
7. Limerick
8. Found poem
9. Ballad
10. Sonnet
iAMB
TROchee
SPONDEE
DACtyl
anaPEST
And, as in uffish thought he stood,
The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,
And burbled as it came!

One, two! One, two! And through and through
The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead, and with its head
He went galumphing back.

“And hast thou slain the Jabberwock?
Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!”
He chortled in his joy.

’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.
’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

“Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
The frumious Bandersnatch!”

He took his vorpal sword in hand;
Long time the manxome foe he sought—
So rested he by the Tumtum tree
And stood awhile in thought.
JABBERWOCKY
by Lewis Carroll
Sonnet
Free Verse
Cinquain
Clerihew
Haiku
Acrostic
Concrete
Limerick
Found Poem
Ballad
Poetry Collections
Typically explore multiple looks at a particular theme, topic, or concept.
What topic will you explore?
Life
Love
Loss
Faith
Fear
Family
Hope
Heartbreak
Humor
Romance
Revolution
Renewal
Doubt
Desire
Death
First Quarter Reflection
1. What have you ENJOYED about this class?

2. What DON'T you like about this class?

3. What would you CHANGE about this class?
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