Poetry Week (Day One: Renga)

WN 17: Inspired by Literature

“Road Warriors” by Charles Wright 

After hearing the poem, write down your immediate thoughts.  Don’t over think it.  Just write.  See where the words of this poem take you.

We haven’t giving each other “Pats-on-the-Back” in awhile.  Anyone willing to share something they really liked that they’ve read recently from your peers?

Let’s play with Renga poetry today.  Renga poetry, which originated in Japan hundreds of years ago, is all about collaborative writing.  I’m going to number you off 1-7.  This will give us groups of 3.  Together, teams of three will construct THREE original Renga poems simultaneously in class today.

Here we go!

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STEP ONE: In your own notebooks, write the first stanza of a renga poem.

Requirements:
*3 Lines
*Total of 17 syllables

Example:
Sniffle, sniffle, cough:
A class symphony,
Performed with noses and mouths

Take five minutes.

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STEP TWO: Pass your notebooks clockwise within your small groups.

Read the first stanza of the poem in the notebook in front of you.

Write the second stanza of the poem.

Requirements:
*2 Lines
*Each line is 7 syllables (total of 14 syllables)

Example:
One timid musician starts,
Her nose a runny fountain.

Take five minutes.

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STEP THREE: Pass your notebooks clockwise within your small groups.

Read the first and second stanza of the poem in the notebook in front of you.

Write the third stanza of the poem.

Requirements:
*3 Lines
*Total of 17 syllables

Example:
A more brazen boy follows,
His nose a trumpet,
Daring to be heard.

Take five minutes.

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STEP FOUR: Pass your notebooks clockwise within your small groups.

Read the first three stanzas of the poem in the notebook in front of you.

Write the fourth stanza of the poem.

Requirements:
*2 Lines
*Each line is 7 syllables (total of 14 syllables)

Example:
Several join in the chorus,
Coughing and sniffling with might.

Take five minutes.

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Renga poetry can go back and forth as long as you wish.  Eventually though, it needs a clear ending with a couplet.

EXTRA CREDIT OPPORTUNITY: I have posted the first stanza to a Renga poem on this blog.  In the comments, add the next stanza, keeping in mind the strict line and syllabic structure.  You may add only one stanza, and the opportunity to add will remain open for the next week (I will read the results of our class poem next Tuesday).  If you add an original stanza to our class poem, you will get FIVE EXTRA CREDIT POINTS.  Be sure to read all of the comments to ensure you are keeping the flow of the poem consistent.

I’d love to see all of you contribute.  Happy writing!

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