Writing Poetry


Assignment for April, 2018

• haiku,
The big four: Matsuo Basho, Yosa Buson, Kobayashi Issa, and Masoaka Shiki.

5-7-5, nature, six senses, brief moment in time


古池や 蛙飛び込む 水の音

old pond
frog jumps in
water’s sound
-Matsuo Basho

• Haibun (Collection of five haiku under a single theme)
• Tanka 5-7-5-7-7

• limerick,

AABBA rhyme scheme

A limerick is a humorous, frequently bawdy, verse of three long and two short lines rhyming aabba, popularized by Edward Lear.
Edward Lear Home Page

a fly and a fly in a flue
couldn’t decide what to do
said the fly “let us flee”
said the flea “let us fly”
so they fled through a flaw in the flue
-based on original by Ogden Nash

• Where I am From Poem

Where I Am From Project

• Where I Am From (Linda Christensen)
• Template and Samples PDF
• GeorgeEllaLyon PDF

Where I am From Examples PDF

Where I am from Poem- Renee Watson PDF

Writing Social Justice Poetry

-Environmental Justice
-Aboriginal Issues
-Gender Issues
-Racism/Equity Issues

History is a weapon- Langston Hughes

Concrete Poetry