Ideas exist in things, so the saying goes. This poem owes it's beginnings to a recent sighting of vintage cars driving in a parade through my town. As I stood watching these well preserved senior citizens of the road, my thoughts returned to our first family car all those years ago. We had an Austin A 40 and it was a rather cantankerous machine. It could be relied upon to shake and rattle when asked to travel at any speed above 'slow.' It required constant care and attention and sometimes without warning it would begin a convulsive lurch when out on the highway.
So, before I even finished watching the car parade, ideas began forming in my head. The word 'jalopy' floated forward and I found myself immediately in the poem zone. Sometimes a single word is all you need to get ideas flowing. Let me share what I built... The Old Jalopy Dad looks stressedMum looks stroppyWe're going for a driveIn our old jalopyKids pile inDogs in towShut the doorsAnd we're set to g…
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!
Opposite Poems In his book, 'How To Write Poetry,' Paul Janeczko presents the idea of opposite poems. Paul suggests they could also be referred to as antonym poems. This is wordplay and it's fun to try.
Here are some examples Paul provides to help us see very clearly how these short little poems work.
I think the opposite of chair Is sitting down with nothing there What is the opposite of kind? A goat that butts you from behind
You will notice the poems are written in rhyming couplets. They can be extended so long as you remember to write in couplets. Paul shows us how this is done. What is the opposite of new? Stale gum that's hard to chew A hot-dog roll as hard as rock Or a soiled and smelly forgotten sock
You might notice that some of Paul's opposite Poems begin with a question. The remainder of the poem answer the question posed.
Opposite poems are a challenge, but it is a challenge worth trying. Not every thing has an opposite and not every word has an easy t…