Poetry is a form of literature that uses beautiful words to create an emotion or feeling. It can be used to express love, sadness, joy, anger, and any other emotion. Poetry can be used to express yourself and to connect with others.
The Beauty of Poetry
Rhyme: two or more words that have the same sound in their endings, like 'cat' and 'hat' Stanza: a group of lines in a poem that form a unit Simile: a comparison of two unlike things using 'like' or 'as', like 'busy as a bee'
The ancient Greeks believed that reciting poetry aloud was a form of worship to the gods. The earliest known poem is the Epic of Gilgamesh, which is over 4,000 years old. The longest poem ever written is the Mahabharata, which has over 200,000 verses.
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Work together in pairs: What do you think is the most important element of a poem?
Work together in pairs: What is one way that you can use poetic language to paint a picture with words?
Brain break: Draw a banana holding a pencil and doing homework with a very serious expression on its face
What is a poem?
- A type of writing that uses figurative language to express ideas and emotions
- A story with characters and a plot
- A list of facts or instructions
What are the different types of poetry?
- Haiku, sonnet, free verse, limerick
- Novel, biography, autobiography
- Letter, report, essay
What is a stanza?
- A group of lines in a poem
- A tool used for drawing straight lines
- An insect found in gardens
What is rhyme?
- When words have the same ending sound
- When words mean the opposite of each other
- When words are spelled similarly but sound different
What is alliteration?
- Repetition of consonant sounds at the beginning of words in a sentence or phrase
- Repetition of vowel sounds at the end of words in a sentence or phrase
- Use of figurative language to create an image