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Poetry, Songs, and Quotes

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  Poetry 811 

is the oldest form of literature

originally began as an oral tradition

  was lyrically performed with an accompaniment

the Greeks played a lyre (harp) which gave us the style known as a lyric

  the Medieval/Renaissance jesters played mandolins/flutes/lute

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I take a word, and then another,
Let them get to know each other,

Exercise them till they learn
A song to sing, a phrase to turn.

I choose strong verbs right off the bat
(Since adjectives are high in fat).

Some words may act excited, nervous,
But all are glad to be of service.

J. Patrick Lewis 

Poetry tells stories. A poem retells a situation with feeling. A poem will describe scenes. A poem will evoke emotions, capturing a mood. Most poems are retold as songs.... songs that you have downloaded to your ipod! Many picture books were first written as a poem. Every greeting card is a poem created for that special occassion/person/moment/holiday, escpecially Valentines Day.


Poems have specific formats and characteristics. Poems are arranged in lines called stanzas. Poems have a regular or irregular rhythm which creates the mood/effect/musicality. Each poem has a definite scheme (theme, artistic formation). Poetry must be woven with imagery in order for its audience to remain attentive, the poet paints a picture with details and figurative language (word choice). Poets will use writing techniques known as alliteration, repetition, or inversion.

Alliteration = repetition of a sound in a group of words (brown as a berry or wild and woolly)

Repetition = the return of a word phrase, stanza form, or effect in any form of literature (alliteration, rhyme, refrain)

Inversion = a reversal of the usual order of words to achieve some kind of emphasis ( Wait until I put on my shoes and socks)


Poetry can be written in over 51 forms, including creating poetry in shapes or by color coding. Quite often, famous people will be known for a certain tell-tale quote which inspires a poet to create a poem/song/jingle.


Reading poetry is an art, in fact, actors will be paid to simply read a poets work on a stage, at a theatre, or at a poet's bar, including the latest poetry performance entitled "poetry slams." While reading poetry, try to:

 Look for complete thoughts instead of reading line by line

 Note the effects of specific words and feelings

 Note the comparisons chosen by the poet

 Listen for the sound effects

 Express the meaning of the poem in your words... make a personal connection beyond the ink

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  Giggle Poetry 

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Poets "SLAM!" 
kevinharrell:  elytra:  blackoutpoetry:  Eruption - by Kevin Harrell  and I wrote it. I wrote it and I write it to say FUCK YOU. FUCK YOU. How dare you treat me like that? How dare you think you can just do whatever you want to me? I AM A PERSON. I AM A HUMAN BEING and I AM VALUABLE. I am LOVED. I LOVE people. I CARE about people. I am someone’s DAUGHTER. I am someone’s SISTER. I am someone’s FRIEND.  You cannot just use me. You cannot just do what you want to me. I am a PERSON. How. fucking. dare you. Fear me. You have made me so righteously angry that if I ever decide to release my rage upon you, you will fucking suffer for it.   elytra, I just came across this, very powerful. I hope my blackout poem helped you in some way. Stay strong you wonderful person.

 Black Out Poetry

Newspaper Black Out


Bronx Masquerade 

 Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson: Book Cover


  New Year Poems and Rhymes





Snow on the Trees


Somebody painted
The trees last night,
Crept in and colored them
White on white.

When I awoke,
The tree limbs shone
As white as milk,
As bleached as bone,

As white as wool,
As chalk, as cream,
As white as ghosts
In a white-night dream.

Just on day past
They wore dark brown;
Today they wear
A diamond crown.

Somebody painted
The trees last night
With ivory paintpots
White on white.

From Snow, Snow: Winter Poems by Jane Yolen

Nature Poems

A Mystery Unravelled
by George Carroll

Universal wonders
yet to be explored.
Imagination piqued.
Wonders having been stored.

The world is curious.
Who will open the door,
step into the future;
place one's foot on the floor?

Some where out in space
astronauts will land.
Far beyond the moon
they will bravely stand.

A planet discovered
that no person had seen.
A mystery unravelled
by explorers forseen.


As a life-long reader you experience the freedom of being your own teacher !

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