A list poem is one of the easiest kinds of poems to write because it doesn't require a set rhythm or rhyme. But that doesn't mean you should write anything down helter- skelter.
Consider the inclusion of the following elements to make a list poem a poem instead of just a list:
• The writer is telling you something--pointing something out--saying, "Look at this," or, "Think about this." • There's a beginning and end to it, like in a story. • In other words, the poem needs to make sense and have some kind of flow to it.
List poems provide an easy and successful structure to get children feeling more comfortable with poetry. They are to be found in the poetry of many cultures and have been employed successfully by many contemporary poets.
Poetry is full of surprises. List also need to be full of surprises. Without the occasional surprise your list poems will have all the appeal of a supermarket shopping list on a day when you don't want to go shopping!
Poetry is an extremely flexible writing form. It is easily weaved into our writing programs across the year as opposed to just being pigeon holed into a specific unit of work. Poetry offers a unique response to literature -fiction or non fiction. Such is the flexible nature of poetry.
From an early age children have much exposure to a significant amount of rhyming verse. That our classrooms are filled with poetry that is enjoyable to listen to, or fun to read is important, but it may not necessarily provide the best starting point for inexperienced poetry writers.
When used skilfully rhyme can add to the lyrical nature of poetry. When it is used out a sense of expectation, it frequently serves to detract from the poem's intention. It weakens the words overall. If you listen closely you can hear the words clunking into place. They just sound like they don't belong.
Don't get me wrong. I am not anti-rhyme. In fact, I have to guard against over using it. It is a natural inclina…
Image Poem This poem owes its existence to Georgia Heard's idea of the six room image poem where six elements are addressed in the writing that follows:
Image Light Sound Questions Feelings Repetition
The challenge is to expand our vision of selected images by attending to each element when writing. The idea is to spend time considering each of the six elements by thinking about them as rooms we must enter in order to think more deeply about our word choice.
The Grandfather Clock
The Grandfather clock Stood tall like a palace guard Marking time in Nana's lounge-room Against the wall Avoiding the sunlight streaming through lace curtained windows Tick-tocking as the pendulum swung in its unerring arc Brass and chains and moving arms Encased behind a long glass face The clock announced the passing of each hour With blare and boom The rowdy ringing out Chased the silence from the room Why so loud? the small ones asked Why so tall? the small ones wondered They kept their distance Time moved on relentlessl…