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Poetry Toolbox

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Poetry Hints

Poets Toolbox

 

How do you write a poem?

 

1. Write lots about your topic.

2. Write lots of phrases.

3. Write lots of detailed descriptions.

 

eagle flying higher than a skyscraper

white head forward with piercing eyes

wings spread out like he wants to cover the world

a mile away a fluffy brown rabbit hops, munching grass

eagle dives a hundred miles an hour

scoops up the bunny in his crooked yellow talons

squeezing tight

brown feathers are fingers flapping in the cold winter wind

eagle flowing flying flapping

 

4. Choose your favorite phrases and write them so the sound and order is interesting.

 

higher higher than a skyscraper

eagle flies across the skies

wings spread to cover the world

searching with piercing eyes for a rabbit or a snake

fluffy brown rabbit hops, munches, hops, munches

white head drops and wings fold

eagle dives one hundred miles an hour

to scoop up the bunny

in his crooked yellow talons

and flies, flaps, flows through the sky

with feather fingers flapping in the cold winter wind

moving forward to feast on dinner

 

5. Now look for places you can add the tricks of poets:

 

 

Tricks of Poets

__Alliteration__ Repeated beginning consonant sounds, such as "feather fingers flapping"

 

Assonance Repeated vowel sounds, such as flies across the skies

 

__Repeated words__ Repeat words for effect, like "hops, munches, hops, munches" to show the rabbit doesn't know the danger

 

__Vivid verbs__ Action words like flies, spread, searching, hops, munches, drops, fold, dives, scopp, flaps, flows

 

__Nifty nouns__ Specific nouns (persons, places, things, ideas); instead of dog, say German Shepard; instead of fast, say 100 miles an hour; instead animal, say rabbit or snake

 

__Personification__ Giving life to something not living; such as saying the feathers are fingers

 

__Onomatopoeia__ (ah no mah toe pee ah) Words that sound like the sound they make, such as Bam! Pop! Bang! slap gurgle Phzzzzt

 

__Simile__ Comparing two things that are different and finding a similarity -- write it using like or as , such as comparing how high the eagle flies to how a skyscraper is. The eagle flies as high as a skyscraper .

 

__Senses__ Write all sights, smells, tastes, texture, feelings about your topic

How might it smell, taste?

How might it feel if you touched it?

 

Ideas from the poem: piercing eyes; white head; crooked yellow talons; munching grass; flapping in the cold winter wind

 

__Rhyme__ Repeated ending sounds, such as fold, cold; poems do NOT need to rhyme

 

__Line breaks__ Whereever you want the reader to pause or look carefully at a phrase, put a line break there (hit return).

 

 

Notice how I have changed the poem to add some tricks of a poet.

What tricks did I use?

 

 

higher higher than a skyscraper

eagle flies across the skies

wings spread to wrap the world

peeking with piercing eyes for a rabbit or a snake;

fluffy brown rabbit hops, munches, hops, munches

white head drops and wings fold

like a thunderbolt, he's bold --

bold to dive one hundred miles an hour

Whoosh!

he snares the hare

in his crooked yellow talons

held tightly like a vice

and flies, flaps, flows through the sky

with feather fingers flapping in the cold winter wind

moving forward to feast on dinner

high up in the Ponderosa Pine

whose branch reaches out awaiting

his glide home with food to feast on.

 

 

6. Now, work with the beginning, ending, and title to hook everything together. Also, add punctuation and capitalization.

 

 

Eagle Flight

 

Higher, higher than a skyscraper,

Eagle flies across the skies

Wings spread to wrap the world

Peeking with piercing eyes

for a rabbit or a snake;

Fluffy brown rabbit

Hops, munches,

Hops, munches;

Eagle's white head drops and wings fold

like a thunderbolt, he's bold --

bold to dive one hundred miles an hour --

Whoosh!

He snares the hare

in his crooked yellow talons

held tightly like a vice

and flies, flaps, flows through the sky

with feather fingers flapping

in the cold winter wind,

moving forward to feast on dinner

high up in the Ponderosa Pine

whose branch reaches out awaiting

his glide home with food to feast on;

still high as a skyscraper.

 

by Sunrae Shadows

 

 

7. Now, it's your turn!

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