Poetry Bonanza Monday – making up forms – a challenge easyeasy or trickytricky

Poetry comes in all shapes and sizes. Poets call the shape of a poem its form.

A form for a poem has rules. Today people like to play with the rules.

Forms have names: (for example, haiku, sonnet, villanelle, sestina).


I enjoy reading poems that follow forms and writing them.

I thought it might fun to make up our own forms this week.


You need to do number one and at least one more of these things (all of them might make the poem explode!)


This can be very very simple

or tricky tricky tricky


  1. Decide how many lines you will use.
  2. Decide how many words will be on the line. You could make a pattern for the poem.  3 4 3 4  or 12345        YOU CHOOSE!
  3. Decide how many syllables will be on a line. Make a pattern for the poem.
  4. Decide whether your form uses rhyme. Make a pattern using rhyming. The word at the ned of line 1 rhymes with the word at the end of line 4. The word at the end of rhyme 2 rhymes with the word at the end of line 3. This is very tricky because sometime rhyme just takes charge of a poem and ruins it. Try using words that nearly rhyme.
  5. Does your form have verses. How many lines in the verses?
  6. Does your form have to have a certain mood?
  7. Does your form have to be about certain subjects.
  8. don’t forget to give your poem a title.
  9. Give your form a name.


DEADLINE for your Form-Poem Challenge: Wednesday September 16th

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

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

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


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