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English: Poetry

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Crossword Maker For Cruciverbalists

Crossword Maker For Cruciverbalists
Need to create a crossword on the varoius poetic techniques? Download this free crossword creator from the App store. Take a look at the crossword resource centre for ideas.


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Available as a free download on all desktop machines. Would you like to publish a collection of your poems as a book? Come to the library to find out how.

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This libguide will help students understand the forms and features of poetry and what they can learn about themselves and others including cultural views. 

Useful Weblinks

Do you need to find a lyric?
Check out some of these Creative Commons music sites.

PANDORA
Is a free, personalized radio that plays music you'll love. Discover new music and enjoy old favorites. Choose a song, then find the lyrics on the internet

FREE MUSIC ARCHIVE
Creative commons site- Share, remix and reuse


What makes a great poem?
Check out these various poetic styles and learn about the differnet techniques. 

ALL POETRY
The brightest minds of much of our past dedicated themselves to poetry. Their work continues to inspire, amaze, and help to educate poets today.

 
POETS.ORG

“Poetry is a human fundamental, like music, and we need to encourage the song, which is a means of exchange, a form of reciprocity, a magic to be shared, a gift”


Poetic styles and techniques

LIMERICKS
Is the Limerick a form of poetry or are limericks just childish rhymes?

SONNETS 
Sonnets are 14-line poems… yes, 14 lines exactly and they follow a very rigid rhyme scheme. There are actually a few different types of sonnets, but the most famous is the Shakespearean, or English, sonnet.

Sonnets

NARRATVE POEMS
A narrative poem tells a story in an entertaining way: usually with rhyme. As narrative poetry has its roots in ancient oral traditions, it is thought that the rhyme schemes were a mnemonic device that allowed performers to carry many stories inside their heads, before the advent of literacy. 
Read more : http://www.ehow.com/about_4571332_what-narrative-poem.html

THE THREE LITTLE PIGS by Roald Dahl

The animal I really dig, Above all others is the pig.
See more at: http://allpoetry.com/The-Three-Little-Pigs#sthash.levcZCGx.dpuf

BALLADS
BALLAD of the Gunter Hunter
Watch Chelsea Just perform her poem about a time her family's farm was visited by a feral pig shooter whom she nicknamed the Grunter Hunter! In the style of an Australian bush ballad, Chelsea shares her dog's hilarious and unexpected reaction to the unwelcome visitor.


ODE
“Ode” comes from the Greek aeidein, meaning to sing or chant, and belongs to the long and varied tradition of lyric poetry.

STARRY, STARRY NIGHT- Don McClean
Understanding the lyrics and Van Gogh's Life. Analyse the lyrics to Don McLean's hit song Vincent (Starry, Starry Night) and compare to Van Gogh's Actual Life.

ODE TO A GRECIAN URN- Keats
Keats wrote five odes, and all of them are shockingly good. These are the kinds of poems that literary critics die for, and that send later writers into bouts of envy. Of the five odes, "Grecian Urn," with its immortal and mysterious final lines, is the most well known. 


FREE VERSE
Free verse poems will have no set meter, which is the rhythm of the words, no rhyme scheme, or any particular structure. Some poets would find this liberating, being able to whimsically change your mind, while others feel like they could not do a good job in that manner. Robert Frost commented that writing free verse was like "playing tennis without a net."

OODGEROO NOONUCCAL
Writer and political activist Oodgeroo Noonuccal’s poetry represents and captures the growing reaction by a new generation of indigenous Australians against the long-standing colonial mentality


Building your Language

Build your Dream Machine bike out of metaphors
Build a dream bike using fantasy parts and discover the power of word pictures, or metaphors. An interactive game from Spalsh.

Build an amazing Dream Machine bike out of similes
Build a dream bike using fantasy parts such as a time-travel frame and supersonic jet pedals. Look at a model text that uses similes to describe a 'Wish-come-true bike', then choose similes to spice up a description of your own fantasy bike.

Multimedia

WHAT IS POETRY?
What is Poetry? a la Shmoop. Easy question, right? Poetry is an ancient, antiquated form of art, like pottery-making or cave painting, that  holds no place in our modern world, unless it comes to us in the form of a radio jingle.