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Poetry Friday.

April showers bring May flowers.

rainfarm
RAIN

Rain
Fell on the roof
Dripped steadily from eaves
Ran in crooked courses
Splattered against windows
Came gushing out downspouts
Upset plans

–found in Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

© 2015 Alice Nine

 


Writing about my writing.

Living in the northwest, I have developed a particular fondness for rain. Perhaps that is why I am drawn to a descriptive “rain passage” in Charlotte’s Web.  It is in that passage that I found my poem “Rain.”

I’ve included the passage here; words and phrases used in my poem are in bold italic.

The next day was rainy and dark. Rain fell on the roof of the barn and dripped steadily from the eaves. Rain fell in the barnyard and ran in crooked courses down into the lane where thistles and pigweed grew. Rain splattered against Mrs. Zuckerman’s kitchen windows and came gushing out of the downspouts. Rain fell on the backs of sheep as they grazed in the meadow. When the sheep tired of standing in the rain, they walked slowly up the lane and into the fold.

Rain upset Wilbur’s plans  . . .

-E. B. White, Charlotte’s Web.


In my classroom
A found poem is created from words and phrases that are “found” in a descriptive literary passage. Pick words, phrases, and lines that catch your attention, that you like.  Then formatted these excerpts to compose a poem. Writing a found poem involves recasting prose into poetry. The process supports insightful reading and creative thinking and writing.

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From ReadWriteThink

Found poem instructions.

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From TeachingChannel

Creating Found Poems, Sarah Brown Wessling

Are you familiar with TeachingChannel? If you not, you really should check it out some Saturday morning. Just fix yourself a cup of coffee or hot tea and get ready for some great PD. Well, anyway, a couple weeks ago, I happened upon Wessling’s video about writing found poems in a high school English class. I love the way she uses the creation of a found poem to analyzing theme.

Even If your not a high school teacher, I think you will still learn a lot by watching Wessling’s short video — less than six minutes.

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WRITE  & SHARE your found poem 

If you have written a found poem, share a link to your poem on your blog in the “comments” space below.


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