Announcing Paradigm's 1st Ever Poetry Contest!
Hello Poets -
So far in the "9 Poems in 9 Weeks" we have written:
Week #1 - I Am Poems
Week #2 - Free Verse Poems
And this is Week #3 - Rhyming Poems
This week is about Rhyming Poems.
Rhyming Poems are the most popular form of poetry.
They are literally everywhere
In Dr. Seuss Books
In Everyday Speech
There are many different forms of rhyming poems
But these are the most popular:
1. Monorhymes - where the rhyming word have the same sound
(Every stanza in this poem is a monorhyme - it is really a monotetra - meaning every 4 lines rhyme)
On Halloween - Monotetra
On Halloween the children play,
Dressed in fun costumes they sashay,
Through neighborhoods at dusk of day,
They make their way, they make their way.
Pirates and faeries, witches too,
Zombies and cats meet Scooby-Doo,
Darth Vader, Yoda, ghosts that boo,
Displayed for you, displayed for you.
"Trick or Treat," all the children cry,
Their eyes so bright, excitement high.
When bowls of candy they do spy,
They are not shy, they are not shy.
And when their sacks are full of treats,
Their parents lead them off the streets.
At home they're tucked beneath their sheets.
Next year repeats, next year repeats.
2. Couplets - Shakespeare's Favorite - two lines that end in a rhyming word
My One-Eyed Love
By: Andrew Jefferson
I've fallen in love- I don't know why
I've fallen in love with a girl with one eye.
I knew from the start. It was plain to see
That this wonderful girl had an eye out for me
She's charming and witty and jolly and jocular
Not what you'd expect from a girl who's monocular.
Of eyes - at the moment - she hasn't full quota
But that doesn't change things for me one iota.
It must be quite difficult if you're bereft.
If your left eye is gone and your right eye is left.
But she's made up her mind. She's made her decision.
She can see it quite clearly in 10/20 vision.
She'll not leave me waiting, not left in the lurch
If she looks slightly sideways she'll see me in church.
I'll marry my true love who's gentle and kind.
And thus prove to everyone that loves not quite blind.
Some from Shakespeare: All from different plays – can you name which play these are from:
1- Saints do not move, though grant for prayer’s sake.
Then move not, while my prayer’s effect I take.
4- We that are young
Shall never see so much, nor live so long.
5- Come unto these yellow sands,
And then take hands.
Curtsied when you have and kissed
The wild waves whist,
Foot is featly here and there;
And, sweet sprites, the burden bear.
6- May your protection be my love
It will navigate your journey of life from above
10- Captain of our fairy band,
Helena is here at hand
(ANSWERS AT THE END)
3. Tercets or Triplets - Tercets rhyme with an ABA pattern per stanza and Triplets are just adding one more line that rhymes to couplets
From Two Voices by Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-92)
A still small voice spake unto me:
'Thou art so full of misery,
Were it not better not to be?’
Then to the still small voice I said:
'Let me not cast in endless shade
What is so wonderfully made.’
Why did God send tears down to make us cry?
Were they to catch others sympathy?
Are they to clean out your eye?
Why do they come when you need them least?
Like when you are hurt from mean words,
Or truly grateful for a feast?
So what is the meaning of these tears?
To show off your sadness?
To reveal all your fears?
No, tears are for clearing your mind full of pain.
For when you are attacked,
It overfills your brain.
It is the way to relieve all the feelings.
The tears fall down
Like peeling off a peeling.
And when they are gone you must accept,
You are a fresh new person,
Even if a bit wet.
Don’t think your weak or any bit lessening.
Tears are a gift from God –
By: Fall Pennysworth
4. Quatrain - Stanzas with four lines with the same rhyming scheme (can be any - ABAB, ABBA, ABAC, ABCB, AABB, etc.) - Dr. Seuss is really good at these
Examples: (Pieces of very famous poems from “101 Famous Poems”)
O Captain! My Captain!
By: Walt Whitman
O Captain! My Captain! Our fearful trip is done;
The ship has weather’d every rack, the prize we sought is won;
The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting,
While follow eyes the steady keel, the vessel grim and daring:
But O heart! Heart! Heart!
O the bleeding drops of red,
Where on the deck my Captain lies,
Fallen cold and dead.
How Did You Die?
By: Edmund Vance Cooke
And though you be done to death, what then?
If you battled the best you could;
If you played your part in the world of men,
Why, the Critic will call it good.
Death comes with a crawl, or comes with a pounce,
And whether he’s slow or spry,
It isn’t the fact that you’re dead that counts,
But only, how did you die?
By: Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Laugh, and the world laughs with you;
Weep, and you weep alone.
For the sad old earth must borrow its mirth,
But has trouble enough of its own.
Sing, and the hills will answer;
Sign, it is lost on the air.
The echoes bound to a joyful sound,
But shrink from voicing care.
By: Edgar Allen Poe
Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore,
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
“’Tis some visitor,” I muttered, “tapping at my chamber door;
Only this, and nothing more.”
5. Miscellaneous - make up your own rhyming scheme – these are famous songs –
Could you figure them out?
1-Remember when you hit the brakes too soon
Twenty stitches in the hospital room
You started crying, I did too
When the sun came up I was looking at you.
Remember when you couldn’t take the heat
I walked out, Said, “I’m setting you free!”
Monsters turned out to be just trees
When the sun came up you were looking at me.
Are we out of the woods yet?
Are we in the clear yet?
2-I’ll be your light, your match, your burning sun
I’ll be the bright – the black – that’s making you run
And I feel all right!
Yes, I feel all right
Cause we’ll work it out
I’ll be doing this – if you ever doubt
‘Til the love runs out.
3-Forever can never be long enough for me
To feel like I’ve had long enough with you
Forget the world, now, we won’t let them see
But there’s one thing left to do
Now that the weight has lifted
Love has surely shifted my way.
Marry me – today and everyday.
Say you will.
4-If you change your mind
I’m the first in line
Honey, I’m still free
Take a chance on me
If you need me let me know
And I’ll be around
If you’ve got no place to go
When you’re feeling down
How can it be?
The sun always shines on TV
Close to your heart
Give all the love to me.
(ANSWERS AT THE END)
6-Someday sitting on your back porch
And I came on with a couple of chords
And I played for you.
You let me keep you entertained
With stories, I exaggerate
That you know aren’t true.
And as you sit there making daisy chains
And I throw in a hand grenade
And tell you how it is
I really feel for you
I’m sending postcards from my heart
With love for a post mark and then
You know that you
Make me feel like we’ve been caught
Like kids in a school yard again.
And I can’t keep it to myself
Can’t spell it any better
I’m sending a postcard
I don’t care who sees what I send
Or if the whole world knows what’s in my head.
7-First things first
I must say all the words inside my head
I’m fired up and tired of the way that things have been
Second things second
Don’t you tell me what you think that I should be
I’m the one at the sail - I’m the master of my sea
I was broken from a young age
Taking my soak into the masses
Write down my poems for the few
That looked at me
Took to me
Shook to me
Singing my heartache from the pain
Take up my message from the veins
Speaking my lesson from the brain
Seeing the beauty through the pain
You make me a believer.
You break me down,
You build me up,
Let the bullets fly
Let them rain
They came from
You make me a believer
Have fun writing Rhyming Poems! Remember the first step is reading poetry out loud (that's why I sent so many examples :) - Enjoy!
Any questions please email – 2e - firstname.lastname@example.org
Answers to the Shakespere Couplets:
1- Romeo & Juliet
4- King Lear
5- The Tempest
6- Julius Caesar
7- Taming of the Shrew
8- Much Ado About Nothing
9- Comedy of Errors
10- A Mid-Summer’s Night Dream
Answers to the Misc. Songs:
1- Out of the Wood – Taylor Swift
2- Love Runs Out – One Republic
3- Marry Me – Train
4- Take a Chance on Me – ABBA
5- The Sun Always Shines on TV – A-HA
6- Postcards – James Blunt
7- Believer – Imagine Dragons
Week #2 - Free Verse - which means no Rhyming - NONE!
Helps to help you accomplish this weeks goal are:
1) Read as much Free Verse Poetry as you can get your hands on. The library is a great source also the internet. Be careful with the internet - look for "Famous Free Verse Poems". Here are some great examples that are famous:
from the book "Where the Sidewalk Ends" (1974)
Mama said I'd lose my head
if it wasn't fastened on.
Today I guess it wasn't
'cause while playing with my cousin
it fell off and rolled away
and now it's gone.
And I can't look for it
'cause my eyes are in it,
and I can't call to it
'cause my mouth is on it
(couldn't hear me anyway
'cause my ears are on it),
can't even think about it
'cause my brain is in it.
So I guess I'll sit down
on this rock
and rest for just a minute...
By: Dinah Maria Mulock Craik
Oh, the comfort - the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person,
Having neither to weigh thoughts,
Nor measure words-but pouring them
All right out - just as they are -
Chaff and grain together -
Certain that a faithful hand will
Take and sift them -
Keep what is worth keeping -
And with the breath of kindness
Blow the rest away.
I, Too, Sing America
by Langston Hughes
I, too, sing America.
I am the darker brother.
They send me to eat in the kitchen
When company comes,
But I laugh,
And eat well,
And grow strong.
I'll be at the table
When company comes.
Say to me,
"Eat in the kitchen,"
They'll see how beautiful I am
And be ashamed—
I, too, am America.
I Am __________&_____________(two characteristics that describe you)
I am _____________ and _____________(Same two characteristics that describe you)
I wonder ______________(what do you wonder?)
I hear ________________(an imaginary sound)
I see _______________(an imaginary sight)
I want _______________(an actual desire)
I am ________________(repeat first line)
I pretend ________________(something you pretend)
I feel ________________(feeling something imaginary)
I touch _________________(an imaginary touch)
I worry _________________(something that worries you)
I cry ___________________(what makes you sad)
I am ____________________(repeat first line of poem)
I understand __________________(what you know is true)
I say _________________(something you believe in)
I dream __________________(what you dream about)
I try ___________________(what you make an effort for)
I hope ___________________(what you hope for)
I am ________________(repeat first line)
By: (Your name here)
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Write it up and submit it to: firstname.lastname@example.org