Playing about with stops and goes

The last two Fridays I have given tips on punctuation in poems; on capital letters and some punctuation marks.

I said punctuation adds to the flow of the poem. It changes the look of the poem on the page. Punctuation helps steer the reader through the poem like a set of oars in a rowing boat.

I thought I would show a poem I wrote with a whole lot of punctuation choices. I always stick to my choice in a poem though (in other words be consistent!). Check how my poem changes each time. Think about how you will use punctuation. It is like a game of spot the difference. Which is your favourite version?

1. The Sky

If you fly above

a grey cloudy day,

you’re sure to find

a shiny, blue sky.

 

From way up high,

the world will look

like white candy floss,

all sweet and sticky.

 

2. The Sky

If you fly above

A grey cloudy day,

You’re sure to find

A shiny blue sky.

 

From way up high,

The world will look

Like white candy floss,

All sweet and sticky.

 

3. The Sky

If you fly above

a grey cloudy day

you’re sure to find

a shiny blue sky

 

From way up high

the world will look

like white candy floss

all sweet and sticky

 

4. The Sky

If you fly above

a grey cloudy day,

you’re sure to find

a shiny blue sky.

 

From way up high,

the world will look

like white candy floss —

all sweet and sticky.

 

 

 

 

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