Blog Post #9

Hi folks!  Here are your tasks for today:

  1. Post a POEM on your blog (you don’t need an image).
  2. Read your peers’ blogs and post comments. (Click on ‘Student Blog’ to find links to all blogs).

Happy blogging!


Poetic Forms: the Villanelle

DP #43: Fear

What are you afraid of? Write for five minutes. This can be great fodder for poetry!

Hi folks!

Today, you’re going to try one of my favorite types of structured poems: the villanelle.

Here’s one I wrote.

This handout will help you write your own. Give it a try!

Limericks and a Crash Course in rhythm, meter, and rhyme

DP #42: Catharsis

Take five minutes to write about whatever’s on your mind today. Unleash your emotions on paper!


This week’s focus in on highly structured poetry.  To help you write one, we’re going to discuss how rhythm, meter, and rhyme affect a poem.

Now, try your hand at writing a highly structured poem called a limerick.

The general structure is this:

5 lines (1st, 2nd, and 5th are longer, 3rd and 4th are shorter)

Rhythm: anapestic

Ryhme Scheme: aabba

Often humorous and bawdy (but don’t have to be)


Here’s one I wrote.

It’s not easy.  Take a stab at it.  If you like it, post it on your blog!



Free Verse Poetry

DP #41: Poetic Emotions

Write down an emotion – any at all – at the top of your page. This will serve as the title for a poem you’re now going to write.

Don’t overthink it.  Just write all the ways you can think of to represent this emotion. Consider figurative and concrete language as you write. This doesn’t have to rhyme or have any specific structure. You can consider it a free write if that helps.

Write for ten minutes.


Today, we’re going to talk about a very popular form of poetry: free verse. What is free verse?

Free verse is one of my favorite forms. Here are several I’ve written on my own blog to give you an idea of how open-ended (and freeing) this style of poetry can be.

For practice, you’re going to model a free verse poem after a very famous modern poem titled, “The Red Wheelbarrow.”

Let’s chat about it.

Here’s my free verse poem inspired by it: “So Much”

Let’s chat some more. I’ll share with you my inspiration behind it so you can see how much meaning can lie beneath a poem’s surface.

Now, it’s time for you to write your own poem inspired by “The Red Wheelbarrow.”

Go for it!  Hopefully, some of you will share and even post it on your blog. If you do, please share a link to it in the comments on today’s post.


What is Poetry?

Daily Prompt #40: What is poetry?

What do you think about when you hear the word poetry? Explore all your feelings and experiences about it.

Take five minutes.

Let’s discuss what we think of when we hear the word, “poetry.”

Now let’s play with words!

You will be receiving two different poems (one at a time). Each one has been combined into one solid paragraph. When you receive the poem, do the following:

  • Cut it apart.
  • Rearrange the words and punctuation to show how you think it looks in poetic form.

We’ll be discussing the importance of spacing, diction, and punctuation when composing poetry.

After you have some time to play with the words, I’ll show you the way the poem was originally constructed.

Have fun!


Links to today’s poems: “Fog” and “This is Just to Say”

With the time remaining, have some fun writing a Color Poem in your notebooks.