WN #31: Acrostic Poems
A highly structured poem is the acrostic. Take a word, write it vertically, and then use the letters to form lines. Here’s an example from my blog: Your Teacher Writes Too.
Play around for ten minutes.
Today, we’re going to talk about a very popular form of poetry: free verse. What is free verse?
Let’s have a little fun. We’re all going to write a free verse poem about the following:
Take five minutes and start crafting a free verse poem about this. The key is not to over think it when you start. Here are some suggestions to help get you started (if you need it):
- consider topics that you are passionate about
- start writing down images, thoughts, and ideas you associate with the topic
- play around with punctuation and cutting off lines without any punctuation
- play around with the length of your poem’s lines
- how does the form and structure of your poem enhance the meaning?
Be prepared to share with your tables and with the class.
Try writing a free verse poem (or two or three) during the remainder of class.
Tomorrow, remember to bring a copy of Old School. We will be reading it in class tomorrow.
And before you leave, here’s our poem-of-day.