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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Favorite Poem?

Yesterday, one of our inquisitive first graders asked me to share my favorite poem.  I'm not I really have a favorite poem.  Not yet, anyway.  If I were being honest, poetry used to be intimidating to me...all that imagery, rhythm, and rhyme!  At least that's what I used to think.

And then a friend challenged me to try my hand at haiku, a form of poetry that comes to us from Japan that has a specific form and is focused on nature.  Seventeen syllables, describing something in nature...how hard could that be?  Harder than I thought, but the process of reading and writing haikus helped me develop a new appreciation of poetry in general.  So many forms: concrete, acrostic, cinquain, sonnet, free verse, limerick, couplet, diamonte...not the stuffy image I'd originally created in my mind.  Thank you to my friend for challenging me to take a fresh look at poetry.

Today's poem:  http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/176031

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