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…
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!
Canadian Poet and educator, Carl Leggo wrote, 'writers write their worlds in words. With the resources of the alphabet we explore and express who we are in the world. The alphabet provides the building blocks for constructing knowledge of our identity.' Carl Leggo shared this idea for growing a deeper appreciation of poetry:
Carl Leggo reminds us that these 26 amazing letters hold infinite possibilities, infinite combinations. How magical is that? Sound, shape and power combine to create shades of meaning we can share with an audience of fellow readers and writers, the world over.
*Write down the 26 letters of the alphabet *Circle your five favourite letters *Write five words that begin with your five favourite letters *Use these words to reveal some poetry
There exists in these 5 listed words much in the way of music. Opportunities abound for alliteration and zany connections. There is an energy in the words as well. We can begin to look at the alphabet with renewed respect.The a…