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what is a poem gets the pens flowing

Lots of poems on writing poems! You can see my one in the New Zealand Treasury when it comes out in October!

Meanwhile I have picked three to post. Congratulations young poets! If you missed out this time try the next challenges.

I am sending Nicholas one of those fridge poetry-magnet sets so he can make more poems on his fridge! Maybe he  will send me one he makes up.

 

What is a poem?

A poem is inspiration

it can give you good

it can give you bad

it can make you happy

it can make you sad

but when you read it

make the best of what you can

 

poetry can

have an effect on people

it can make them brag

it can make them swag

it can make them laugh

it can make them cry

it can make them sigh

it can make them lie

 

but remember poems

are like good friends…

         you can never have too many

 

Pierre G, Year 8, Russley School

 

 

Poetry

Poetry is magic said with words

flowing through the air

as it creates smiles

makes us laugh

It’s for everyone who seeks fun

It will tell you anything you want

as it makes your brain twist

Poetry makes you bite your nails

What would I feel like without poems?

 

Oliver aged 11 in Year 7 at Pinehurst School

 

 

Poetry

ink hits paper as I begin to write

tales of the sea begin to rhyme

through night and day I prevail

to write the endless tale

The poem I am writing

swarms my thoughts

longer and longer time flies

until the pen stops writing

silence echoes through the room

before the yells of joy

about the success that has come around

 

Nicholas J aged 11 Year 7 Pinehurst School

 

Try writing a poem about poetry * ! * ! * ! wooo hoooo * < <

Jack had a go at writing some poems about poetry when I asked him to send in something for my new book The Letter Box Cat. Sometimes I like to do this too!  Jack is in Year 6, aged 9 and goes to Fendalton Open Air School in Christchurch.

So …. why don’t you have a go at writing a poem that is about poems or poetry .. reading or writing them!

I might have another go too!  I wrote one to go in the front of A Treasury of New Zealand Poetry for Children so you can see that in October!

Here is one of  Jack‘s poems:

 

Poetry is…

Letters flowing

Words connecting

Ideas storming

Lines forming

 

Stanzas rhyming

Verses grouping

Unique thinking

Poem growing

 

Worldly being

Brain turning

Secret meaning

Fingers burning

The Finish Line.

 

DEADLINE for your What is a Poem Challenges: Wednesday April 16th

Send to paulajoygreen@gmail.com. Include your name, year, age and name of school. You can include your teacher’s name and email. Homeschoolers are welcome! PLEASE say it’s for the What is a Poem challenge.

I will post my favourites and have a book prize for one poet.

On poetry: Gemma says, for me poetry is something that frees your thoughts

Here are the pieces from the young poets I told you about yesterday. Read them and then see what you can come up with. You can write anything from ONE sentence to a paragraph.

 

On Poetry from NZ Poetry Box fans

 

Poetry is descriptive writing

that sometimes rhymes.

It’s very, very hard to write

but easy to read!

I like poems that are funny

and make me laugh out loud.

by Izak (9) Russley School Christchurch

 

For me poetry is something that frees your thoughts.  If you are down it always brings you up.  If you are already up, it lets you fly.  I especially like nonsense poems, and poems that play with words.  Because in poetry you are allowed to make up strange words and have rhymes that don’t quite rhyme, like ‘chicken flicking.’ It’s fun!

Gemma (8) Adventure School Wellington

 

I like poems that tell a story, have meaning and make me crack a code! I like to be drawn in by the words and think more deeply about the topic. I also like poems that make me laugh because they are silly or sound silly when you say them.

Writing poetry makes me happy because it inspires me to use expressiveness and to put my thoughts into words I wouldn’t normally use. The poems I have written that I really like are ones that have either rhyming lines or a rhythm, or where I have used words that challenge the reader to wonder what I mean, like a puzzle to be solved!

To me, poetry is a must to read and fun to write.

Jack (9) Fendalton Open Air School Christchurch

 

Sometimes I memorise poems I really enjoy, like the Highway Man. I like reading all kinds of poetry, short ones, long ones, rhyming ones, describing ones—they are all awesome!

Sylvia (13) now at Secondary School! Auckland

 

Reading poetry takes you over the rainbow into a magical world where anything can happen. It makes you feel happy, sad, confused, calm…like you can do anything.  But it seriously depends on the type of poetry you’re reading.

Vivian (9) St Kentigerns Girls’ School Auckland

 

 

DEADLINE for your What is a Poem Challenge: Wednesday April 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 What is a Poem challenge.

I will post my favourites and have a book prize for one poet.

April on Poetry Box is a MIXED bag- dig in and see what you can find

Welcome to April on Poetry Box.

First up I thought it would be fun to send in a few sentences on what you think a poem is or what you like about poems, reading or writing them.

In  my book The Letter Box Cat (out in AUGUST!) I have a page with some contributions by children on this subject. I invited some of my regular contributors to send in something and they ALL did but there was only room for four.

So I thought I would post the others (because I loved them all) tomorrow and then get you to send in some more. I will post my favourites and have a book prize for one young poet.

 

DEADLINE for your On Poems Challenge: Wednesday April 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 On Poems Challenge.

I will post my favourites and have a book prize for one poet.