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Instructions For Growing Poetry

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Poem Activity

Have fun with the poem by trying this...

Poems don’t have to rhyme but this one about poetry does. Say the poem aloud a few times. Notice the rhyme words and clap your hands to feel the two beats in each line. Think about what the speaker is saying about how poems develop.

Write your own ‘instruction’ poem. Here are some topics:

Instructions for flying on a broomstick
Instructions for falling asleep
Instructions for meeting a visitor from outer space.

You could try using the same pattern of beats and rhymes.
You could perform one poem and then the other or you could mix them together in any creative freestyle way you like. Have fun with your poems!

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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