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Five Ways to Have Fun Writing a Poem

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Have you ever wanted to express your feelings in a poem? National Poetry Month is a great time to start!

Try some of these exercises to create a poem ready for Poem in Your Pocket Day on April 24th:

1. Freewrite, cut, and paste
Think of an idea or an object you really care about. It can be as big as your life ambition or as small as a souvenir shell. For a few minutes, write whatever comes to mind.

Read through your writing and highlight the phrases that seem most meaningful and pleasing to you. Put all of your highlighted phrases and words into lines that look like a poem. Move them around; add or subtract words. Keep playing with the words until have a poem you like.

2. Find the music in your words
Start with a freewrite to put your thoughts into words. Next, listen to or sing a song you especially like as you look at the words so you get a good sense of its rhythm (the ways the words follow the beat). Rearrange your words until you have a verse that you can sing to the music. Experiment with different songs until you find one that fits your poem.

3. Make clichés work for you
List as many cliché phrases as you can or find some online. Chose a few you like and replace the tired images with fresh ones. With a little juggling and some added words, you can make a poem out of your refurbished phrases. Start with clichés like fit as a fiddle or flat as a pancake. Then, venture into more challenging ones.

4. Write with your nose
Go to a park or other place where you feel comfortable. Sit or walk with your eyes closed. Think about words that describe what you smell, hear, touch, and feel on your skin. Add words that describe your emotions. Write down or record the words and when you get home, write those words down in sentences. Make them into a poem.

5. Want to help your child write a poem?
Try these suggestions.

No matter what your reason, give your words wings - write a poem! Share your poems with us next time you visit The Literacy & Language Center.

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