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Poetry and Poetic Devices Tags: poetry poems poetic devices

Poems, because they are shorter literary works, can provide an easier way to study figurative language and other literary devices. Listed here are a variety of ideas and activities for analyzing poetry -- and for igniting the creative spark:

Analyzing Poetry

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Online Poetry Units (from Georgia Virtual Learning)

6th Grade Unit

7th Grade Unit

9th Grade Unit

Writing Poetry - Ideas and Helps

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Poetry Happens Tags: poetry for kids famous poetry national poetry month poetry websites

 

I think that I shall never see a poem lovely as a tree….

Thus began an impromptu game at the dinner table one night, spurred by a conversation we were having about poetry. I don’t remember what started that conversation. It might have had something to do with a college class my oldest daughter is taking. This lead my husband (who’s not big on poetry, but has written a few ballads of his own back in the day) to jokingly quote the first couple of lines of the Joyce Kilmer poem, “Trees.” And then, of course, we all had to join in, and we went around the table, everyone picking a poem they liked and quoting parts or all of it.

Sarah picked “Nothing Gold Can Stay” by Robert Frost, a poem she discovered while reading the novel, The Outsiders.

Leah chose part of a long Robert Browning poem called Paracelsus. She discovered it while watching an X-Files episode, in which only a very small part of the poem is quoted, but it caused her to look it up and find out more about it.

Anna, my youngest, picked, The Duel, by Eugene Field. It made her laugh, so she decided, on her own, to memorize it.

My middle-schooler, James, chose Casey at the Bat as his favorite. I was surprised the most by this, since I didn’t think he had a favorite poem – even though he’s tried his hand at writing poems, like the one at the top of this post, created on a magnetic poetry site. Or this acrostic he wrote after reading a historical novel about yellow fever:

 

You hear the church bells ring

Everyone is sick, and dying

Less and less are in the city

Like the fever is scaring them to the country

Once you have it, you’ve almost no chance

When the doctors find out, they bloodlet you

For only nine days, the fever lasted

Even at that, it still was deadly

Vexing everyone who’s seen it

Even Thomas Jefferson left, because he thought the air was toxic

Really, it came from something so, so small. Mosquitos were the cause of it all.

As I listened that evening to everyone talking about poems that had touched them, or that they’d found interesting or funny, I realized that, somehow, they’d developed an appreciation for this particular art form in spite of – or perhaps because of – the fact that I never used any structured lessons. I never planned poetry into our days. I’ve always had poetry books around, and we’d pull them out, and read some poems, and talk about them, and in the process, without realizing it, we’d be discussing techniques the author used or different figurative elements within the poems. Nothing earth shattering -- but it seems to have yielded a positive result.

If only we could have this kind of experience with Algebra...

How does poetry happen in your house?

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Romantic Era Poets Tags: romantic era poets romantic era poetry romantic era literature romanticism in poetry romantic period poets

Right now, within our high school literature studies, we are doing a unit on poetry.  If you're interested in poets from the Romantic Period, visit Georgia Virtual Learning's free high school e-course on English Literature and Composition. The unit that covers the Romantic Poets provides an overview and description of the period, focusing on several key poets, and including discussion questions and suggested assignments (eg. creating a PowerPoint or writing an essay). 

Additional material is contained in this download, which features discussion questions and essay prompts for five of the Romantic Era poets.

The Georgia Virtual Learning site also has free high school courses for the other core subjects, languages, and electives. They've got a number of middle school courses too, so browse around.

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