Of the bells, bells, bells, bells, bells, bells, bells, -
To the moaning and the groaning of the bells.
Poetry ALPHAPOEM: Pick a topic, usually a funny one (“Mr. Krueger”), and write a line about it that ends in a word that’s easy to rhyme with (“stank”). Then go through the alphabet and see what rhymes with that word (“ank, bank, blank, brank, cank, chank, clank, crank…”). Then be creative and see how you can write a line about the topic that ends in that word. If you find you’ve picked a hard-to-rhyme-with word (“awful”), come up with a different first line.
Come up with one as a class based on the line “This is a poem about school!”.
LIMERICK: Tells a short, funny story. The syllables fall into groups of 3, for a “fiddley-diddley-dee” rhythm. Has 2 long lines, 2 short lines, and 1 more long line, with an AABBA rhyme-scheme:
Faker! by Andy Krueger
There once was a student named Nick
Who tried to pretend he was sick.
When his mom brought him syrup
That tasted like throw-up,
He ran for the bus mighty quick!
BALLAD: Ballads are meant to be sung, either to a melody you make up (if you’re highly musical) or to an existing melody. To be sung, the lines must be rhythmic: in the poem below, most lines alternate between stressed and unstressed syllables: “singing sweetly and completely songs of pleasure and of love”; this is like a downbeat and an upbeat. Lines are usually grouped into stanzas of 4 lines with rhyme-scheme AABB or ABAB. Can have any mood (often sad) and any theme (often about love).
I Live Not Where I Love, traditional
Note: this poem has a female persona (narrator). In the tradition of Irish songs, men are allowed to sing women’s parts and vice versa, much like men and women would act each other’s parts in Shakespeare’s time. So feel free to sing along, whoever you are! Come, all ye [you] maids [girls] that live at a distance,
many a mile from off [away from] your swain [young man],
Come and assist me this very moment for to pass away some time
FRAGMENT POEM: Grammarians, cover your ears! Pick a topic, usually one you feel real emotion about (“friendship”). Then write short lines about it that capture your emotion. Try to boil the lines (“I was surrounded by friends.”) down to their emotional core (“Friends.”). Include images for the eyes, ears, and other senses. Give the last line a punch: a surprising or intense statement of the poem’s message.