Posted on August 21, 2014
Poetry and poets are things we keep celebrating all year long—from China's version of Poet's Day, the Dragon Boat Festival, Poetry and the Creative Mind Day, and Bad Poetry Day to celebrating individual poets such as Gwendolyn Brooks, Robert Frost, and Jack Prelutsky.
So...why another holiday about poetry, celebrating poets? And why today, August 21?
Honestly, I tried to figure it out and failed. But a LOT of different websites state that August 21 is, in fact, Poet's Day...
and poetry is so great...
I figured...Why not?
Trying for something I haven't covered before is tough. I'm not going to talk about limericks or haiku poems, because they have their own special days, but how about shape poems and cinquain poems?
With shape poems, think of a topic that lends itself to a simple shape. As you brainstorm words, play with writing them in such a way that you create an outline of the shape or a block of text that makes the shape. Check out these examples:
American poet Adelaide Crapsey (who has an unfortunate last name, in my opinion) created a poetry form called cinquain. (Pronounced sin-cane.) These short poems have a haiku-like structure.
Cinquains are five lines long, with the following syllable pattern:
Cinquains may or may not include rhymes. Where haiku often describe nature, cinquains usually include an action or tell a (very short) story.
Here are some examples:
by Adelaide Crapsey
With faint dry sound,
Like steps of passing ghosts,
The leaves, frost-crisp'd, break from the trees
Cinquain by Cindy Barden
Bat cracks against
The pitch, sending it out
Over the back fence, I did it!
Here is a website that gives some pointers about writing cinquains.
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