Poetry Bonanza Monday: Playing with line … some tips and a challenge

There was some stormy weather across New Zealand at the weekend! Wow! Sadly we had lots of wind but not enough rain to fill our water tanks.


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This week I am going to give some tips on LINES in poems. Lines are what makes a poem a poem!

You can really play with how write a line. Here are some tips:


1. Play with how many words you put on a line. You might even try a pattern 2 1 4 3 2 2

The cat


and scratched and clawed

at the curtains

that blew

in the wind.


( I cheated and made the last line 3 — it’s your pattern so you are just after the best line for your poem!)


2. Try having long lines or short lines or a mix of lengths.



3. Try writing a line that RUNS OVER onto the next line like a tennis ball

The cat meowed at the blue

ball and the blue ball meowed back.


The cat meowed at

the blue ball and

the blue ball

meowed back!



4. Try writing a line that STOPS at the end of the line



The cat meowed.

The blue ball meowed.

It started to rain.


5. Play with the word you put on the end of the line. It can be plain or sparkly!


6. Listen to the rhythm of the line. You can change it with the words you use.



A Line Challenge:

Write two poems about the stormy weather at the weekend and in each poem use lines in a DIFFERENT ways. You could even write the same poem twice but change the second way you use the lines. That would be fun.


DEADLINE for your Line-Poem Challenge: Wednesday March 18th

Send to paulajoygreen@gmail.com. Include your name, year, age and name of school. You can include your teacher’s name and email.

IMPORTANT! PLEASE say it’s for the Line-Poem challenge. Put in the subject line of the email please.

I will post my favourites and have a book prize for a poet (Year 0 to Year 8).




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