Dear Poet Project and Abecedarian Poetry

DP #40: Title Poem

Pay homage to your favorite books, movies, or poems by writing a title poem.  Feel free to combine favorite titles to create unique poetry.

Take ten minutes.


Today, we’re going to watch and listen as four eminent American poets recite their original poetry. Be prepared to write down your reactions after hearing each one.

On Friday, you’ll be emailing one of the poets a letter sharing your thoughts on the poem. Two years agp, one of our students’ letters was selected to be showcased on the Academy of American Poets’ website!


For the remainder of the hour, I want you to try (alone or with a partner) your hand at writing an Abecedarian poem.  These poems use the alphabet to start every line.  Here’s one I wrote.  

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Poetry: Haiku and Tanka

Daily Prompt #45:  Abecedarian

I want you to try your hand at writing an Abecedarian poem.  These poems use the alphabet to start every line.  Here’s one I wrote.  

Take fifteen minutes.

Today, you’re going to practice writing haiku and tanka poems. These poems come from ancient Japan and place an emphasis on brevity, often focusing on a single image. The key is to remember the following structure for each:

Haiku: click here for samples on my blog.

They are always three lines long and follow this syllabic structure:

5 – 7 -5

This means the first line has five syllables, the second line has seven syllables, and the third line has five syllables.


 

Tanka: click for samples on my blog.

They are always three lines long and follow this syllabic structure:

5 – 7 -5 – 7 – 7

Use the remainder of the hour to write several haiku and tanka. Consider creating a collection tied by a similar theme or image.

Feel free to re-explore the other forms we’ve tried out this week too!

 

Abecedarian Poetry

DP #50: Title Poem

Pay homage to your favorite books, movies, or poems by writing a title poem.  Feel free to combine favorite titles to create unique poetry.

Take ten minutes.

Today, I want you to try (alone or with a partner) your hand at writing an Abecedarian poem.  These poems use the alphabet to start every line.  Here’s one I wrote.  

If you’re not sure what to write about, I recommend an Abecedarian advice poem.  The Enlightened Narrator over at Short Story Utopia gave me the idea!

Before you leave, I also want to show you your poetry blog assignment on Google Classroom.

Abecedarian Poetry

Daily Prompt

WN #39: Title Poem

Pay homage to your favorite books, movies, or poems by writing a title poem.  Feel free to combine favorite titles to create unique poetry.

Take ten minutes.

Today, I want you to try (alone or with a partner) your hand at writing an Abecedarian poem.  These poems use the alphabet to start every line.  Here’s one I wrote.  

If you’re not sure what to write about, I recommend an Abecedarian advice poem.  The Enlightened Narrator over at Short Story Utopia gave me the idea!

Reminders for Thursday:

  • don’t forget to carry a poem in your pocket (and share it with others!)
  • bring a poem you’re willing to share with the class tomorrow
  • decide if you’re willing to be videotaped discussing and reading your poem tomorrow
  • bring food, drink, or supplies if you signed up to do so
  • finish the NaPoWriMo challenge (tomorrow is the last day and you will be awarded your prize!)