Poems Throughout the School Day

Poems Throughout the School Day

There are 2 comments on the www.dailykos.com story from Jun 3, 2011, titled Poems Throughout the School Day. In it, www.dailykos.com reports that:

For millennia - even before Homer started reciting The Iliad and The Odyssey - we humans have been telling one another poems. ...

When revising your poems, you may profit from listening to what a few children's poets have said, quoted in Bernice Cullinan's (1996) anthology, A Jar of Tiny Stars: Poems by NCTE Award-Winning Poets (Honesdale, PA: Wordsong, Boyds Mills Press):

* On choosing the right word - Eve Merriam (p. 33) said, “I've sometimes spent weeks looking for precisely the right word. It's like having a tiny marble in your pocket, you can just feel it. Sometimes you find a word and say, 'no, I don't think this is it…' Then you discard it, and take another and another until you get it right.”

* On choosing one correct recipe for creating a poem - Arnold Adoff (p. 53) said, “I want to do more in my poems than just present facts or feelings or communicate. I want my poems to sing as well as to say.” John Ciardi (p. 39) agrees that with poetry, “maybe you can make language dance a bit.” According to Barbara Esbensen (p. 67), “Poetry should knock your block off.”

May your students' poems make the language dance as they gently, effortlessly knock your block off!

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Since: Feb 09

Spread around the west

#1 Jun 3, 2011

Bronx, NY

#2 Jun 11, 2011
here is something more:http://mail.google.com/a/ westbronxacademy.org

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