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Good morning naturalists!
Wonderful experiences in nature can deeply affect people. Take some time this morning to think about an experience in nature that made you feel happy. Maybe it was a trip you took with your family, a sunrise from your kitchen window, or a quiet moment watching an animal. Writing is a great way to share your feelings and emotions with others, and poetry is one of the best ways to do this! Is there anything you have seen in nature that inspired you? Today we'll have a chance to share this inspiration.
There are many types of poetry. Poems can be long or short, complicated or simple. Think about your favorite song; there's a good chance that it's a poem set to music! One of the biggest beliefs people have about poetry is that it must rhyme, but this is not the case! Rhyming is fun, but poems don’t have to rhyme. For example, Haikus, a traditional Japanese style of poem, do not rhyme. These are short poems about nature, typically only three lines long. Even these lines are short, with very few words. Often they have 5 syllables in the first and last line, and 7 syllables in the middle line. Haikus express a mood or feeling. They make the reader see something in a different way. Here’s a couple of examples:
I had a gray cat.
He was a very nice cat.
I named him Haiku.
Illustrating or adding pictures to a poem can help add to the effects.
Another non-rhyming poem is an acrostic poem. These poems are a little like a cross-word puzzle. A word or phrase is written vertically down a page. Then each letter is used as the start of a new word horizontally. When students come out to ONSC, we sometimes allow them to take a short hike where they can focus on how it feels to walk peacefully on their own through the woods. During this time, students may write an acrostic poem using SOLO HIKE as the downward phrase. Here’s an example:
In concrete or shape poetry, the words of the poem form shapes that illustrate the poem. To make your own concrete poem first lightly draw an outline of whatever you want your poem to be about. For example, if you wanted to write a poem about a leaf, draw a large outline of a leaf. Then write your poem inside the leaf. Make the words fit inside, but only to the edges of your outline. Then you can carefully erase the outline.
One final possibility is alliterative poetry is when several words in a row start with the same or similar consonant. Here’s an example:
Lacy, lovely leaves laughed lightly.
Today, write a poem about something in nature that inspired you. This is a very special way to preserve this memory. It is also a nice way to share your inspiration with others. If you wish, share your poem with ONSC. Perhaps you will try writing each type of poem mentioned: Haiku, Acrostic, Concrete and Alliterative. You can even write your own song about a favorite memory!
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