Poetry Box Tip will be useful when you are writing your poems for the sound competition.
It is really good to LISTEN to your poems. Say them out loud. I always say my poems out loud as I am writing them. Then when I have finished a draft I read the whole thing out loud to the birds and the dogs and the cats. My ears will catch a word that doesn’t sound right, or a line that doesn’t seem to belong.
Listen to the rhythm of each line. Do you stumble on a line when you say it like you have hit a traffic jam?
Listen to the word at the end of the line. Listen out for words that sound really juicy, delicious, surprising.
Listen to someone else read a poem. Which word catches your ear?
I am going to give lots more tips on sound over the next year but for now think of your ears as an important tool when you write poetry.
When I say my poems out loud, I like to listen to the sound of one word when it is next to another word.
Remember there is no one right way to write a poem. Poems are golden opportunities toPLAY.
The poem-that-sounds-good competition is due February 27th.
Send to email@example.com. Include your name, age, year and name of school. You may include your teacher’s name and email address.
I am posting my favourites and will have a book prize for one young poet.