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Instructions for Growing Poetry

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Poems don’t always have to rhyme but this poem about poetry does. Notice where words rhyme and notice words that almost rhyme in the poem. Think about what the poem is saying about how poems develop. Write your own ‘instruction’ poem. Here are some topics: 1) Instructions for flying on a broomstick. 2) Instructions for falling asleep. 3) Instructions for meeting a visitor from outer space.

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Shut your eyes.
Open your mind.
Look inside.
What do you find?
Something funny?
Something sad?
Something beautiful,
mysterious, mad?
Open your ears.
Listen well.
A word or phrase
begins to swell?
Catch its rhythm,
hold its sound.
Gently, slowly
roll it round.
Does it please you?
Does it tease you?
Does it ask
to grow and spread?
Now those little
words are sprouting
poetry
inside your head.

Instructions for Growing Poetry

by Tony Mitton