Poetry is easy and fun to write! Poetry is like a picture you paint with words. Here is how to write a Haiku:
Haiku is a type of Japanese poetry. Haiku are short poems that usually describe nature and a fleeting moment in time; they often contain a reference to a season of the year (called kigo).
Haiku often have a total of 17 syllables and usually have three lines:
The first two lines of a Haiku are brief observations about the subject of the poem. Then, in the final line, the perspective or voice of the poem shifts, and a comment about the essence of the topic is offered, a point is made, and the heart is touched.
- The first line has five syllables,
- The second line has seven syllables,
- The third line has five syllables.
Write your own Haiku. First, think of a scene in nature or a moment in time that made a deep impression upon you. Then think of words that describe it. The words in a Haiku do not have to rhyme and you don't have to write in complete sentences, but do make sure to have 5 syllables in the first line, 7 syllables in the second, and five syllables in the last. Briefly describe your scene in the first two lines. In the third line, express your thoughts about the essence of the topic.
Here is an example of a Haiku:
The snow falls gently
Like a cold blanket it comes
Covering the ground.
HUGO MOURA shared his Holiday Haiku:
wrapping, receiving presents
Mom, Dad, Sister, ME!
..and one by KEVIN SADOWNICZOWK
Sparkly tree, lovely!
Candy canes hung on that tree
How To Write A Limerick:
A limerick is a five-line poem with a rhyming pattern of A, A, B, B, A. The first, second and fifth lines rhyme with each other. The third and fourth line rhyme with each other, but not with the others.
Here is an example of a limerick:
There once was a boy from JAPAN
Who sat in a FRYING PAN
The pan was too HOT
He cried out a LOT
And he never did that AGAIN!
Here's a HOLIDAY LIMERICK by JACELYN JIMENEZ:
I saw Santa at the mall
He was standing very tall
He was wearing red
He came with his sled
Santa brought presents for All!
HOW TO WRITE A CINQUAIN
A cinquin is a five line poem or stanza. Here are two variations.
Line 1 - a one word title
Line 2 - a 2 word phrase that describes your title or you can just use two words
Line 3 - a 3 word phrase that describes an action relating to your title or just actions words
Line 4 - a 4 word phrase that describes a feeling relating to your topic or just feeling words
Line 5 - one word that refers back to your title
Line 1 - two syllables
Line 2 - four syllables
Line 3 - six syllables
Line 4 - eight syllables
Line 5 - two syllables
melting, crunching, chewing
Tantalizing my taste buds
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