Free Verse Poetry

DP #35: 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.

 

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Oulipo Poetry

DP #44: Oulipo Poems

There are many different types of Oulipo poems, which are mathematical in nature.  One of the easiest forms to try is the “Snowball.”  There are two versions.

Version One: Write a poem in which each line gets progressively one word longer (first line is one word, second line is two words, third line is three words, etc.)  Here’s one I wrote.

Version Two: Write a poem where, within each line, the words get progressively longer (example: I am far from happy Mother reduced)

Want a challenge?  Click here for “N+7” approach.

Let’s do some sharing out about your free verse poetry from yesterday.

With the time remaining, write some more free verse. We can generate some topic starters, if needed. Play around with punctuation. Use enjambment. Consider the emotion you’re trying to convey.

Before you leave, here’s our poem of the day.

 

 

 

 

Free Verse Poetry

DP #43: 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:

 

APPLE

 

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.

And before you leave, here’s our poem-of-day.

Free Verse Poetry

Daily Prompt

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:

 

APPLE

 

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.

Workshop Day/Free Verse Cont’d

Daily Prompt #22: Writing from a Word

Write a word at the top of your page (or ask your neighbor to write one for you).

Free write for ten minutes on the word in prose or poetry.

Today is another workshop day.  While I’m conferencing with students, I’d like you to try your hand at writing a free verse poem.  I recommend you take your daily prompt from yesterday and turn it into a free verse poem.

Happy writing!

Free Verse

Daily Prompt #21: Describe a moment

With as much vivid imagery as you can (this means including all five senses) describe a moment in your life – the more recent the better.  Don’t go into depth on plot.  The key is to describe all your senses during a short moment.   This should be written in prose: everyday language.  Use complete sentences.

Write for 15 minutes.

Today, you’re all going to write a free verse poem.

First, let’s analyze one together.

Now, it’s time to write one.  You’re going to take the moment you just wrote about and turn it into a free verse poem.

We will continue work on this tomorrow during workshop.

Don’t forget that you can still submit a stanza to our class renga poem. The deadline is tonight!