Fly with Poetry: An ABC of Poetry

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Poetry has been and always will be part of us. Events in everyday life have been recited, chanted, and sung since the beginnings of language. In ballad or rap, sonnet or blues, poetry is the imaginative expression that illuminates something within us. But many children, and adults, shy away from poetry, thinking it's too complicated, remote, obscure--the baffling cousin to prose. Fly with Poetry, a witty, insightful collection of original poems, introduces a rich variety of poetic forms and techniques--some ...
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Poetry has been and always will be part of us. Events in everyday life have been recited, chanted, and sung since the beginnings of language. In ballad or rap, sonnet or blues, poetry is the imaginative expression that illuminates something within us. But many children, and adults, shy away from poetry, thinking it's too complicated, remote, obscure--the baffling cousin to prose. Fly with Poetry, a witty, insightful collection of original poems, introduces a rich variety of poetic forms and techniques--some handed down through the centuries, others comparatively new--and all presented in a clear, reader-friendly format. Through poetry with its myriad of forms there is no limit to the imagination. This fresh collection will inspire beginning poets of all ages to explore and discover the delight and excitement of words and language structure, and perhaps even create new forms of their own.

Defines and provides examples of various forms of poetry, such as blank verse, haiku, and metaphor, from Abecedarian to Zoophabet.

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Gr 3-5-Twenty-seven original short poems, generally one for each letter of the alphabet. Each selection illustrates a particular form or term, such as acrostics (two types), blank verse, cinquain, haiku, limerick, metaphor, onomatopoeia, and sonnet. The deceptively simple poetry conveys a wide variety of moods and images. The example of free verse in "Tree Dancers" is particularly effective: "Winds/sweeping over pines/shape limbs into/rigid images:/tree dancers/ locked/in frozen rhythm-/silent tango partners." A clear definition of the poetic device exemplified appears at the bottom of the page on which it appears. Brightly colored drawings, ranging from realistic to cartoon, accompany each poem. Unfortunately, a blank page designated for the letter "Y" ("Your Poem") asks readers to "write your poem in here." Still, this brief guide will make a good companion volume to more detailed introductions to creative writing, such as Myra Livingston's lucid Poem-Making (HarperCollins, 1991).-Karey Wehner, San Francisco Public Library Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
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  • ISBN-13: 9781563977985
  • Publisher: Highlights Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2000
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 7 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author


Avis Harley teaches poetry at the University of British Columbia. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.
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Table of Contents

Abecedarian Forgotten Giants 9
Acrostic (single) Editing the Chrysalis 11
Acrostic (triple) A Rock Acrostic 12
Blank Verse I'm a Myna 13
Cinquain The Pearl 14
Doublet Sleep into Dream 15
End Rhyme Perhaps 16
Free Verse Tree Dancers 18
Ghazal Cartoons for Raccoons 19
Haiku The Fleas Are Awake 20
Internal Rhyme Reading the Tree 21
Jingle The Three-Legged Race 22
Kyrielle Birthstones 23
Limerick Explode into Song 24
Metaphor Connections 25
Nonsense Verse The Coloring Spree 27
Onomatopoeia Small Sounds 28
Picture Poem First Jump 29
Quatrain Later 30
Rhopalic Verse Tapestries 33
Sonnet A Bite-sized Sonnet 34
Triolet Phosphorescence 36
Uta Sapphire 37
Villanelle Come, Drum! 39
Word Echo Dinosaur Bones 40
Xcogito Seven Hidden Oranges 42
Your Poem On the Way 43
Zoophabet Ants to Zorillas 44
Additional Poetic Forms 46
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