Found, Cento and Renga Poetry

DP #45: Found Poetry

Try writing a found poem from the words in your own writer’s notebook!  Pull words, phrases, and sentences you used and combine them to create an entirely new poem.

Take ten minutes.

Similar to a Found poem, a cento poem consists of lines from other poets connected to create an entirely new poem. Here’s an example of one I wrote from my students’ blogs last semester.

I challenge you to write a cento poem from your peers’ blogs and then share it with them!  This could be a fun option for the blog post due tomorrow.

Okay, let’s play with Renga poetry today.  Renga poetry, which originated in Japan hundreds of years ago, is all about collaborative writing.  You will each start your own renga poem in your notebooks, then pass it around for others to add on to.  The spirit of renga poetry is in getting inspired by each other’s words.

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.

Finally, here’s the poem-of-the-day.

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