Amazing Kids! Magazine

Poem Party!

By Sophie Nadel, Writers Tips Editor

 

There are so many ways to write poetry, whether you are trying out an established form or making your own. No matter how you do it, writing poetry is an excellent way to express yourself. If you have never written anything outside of a story, I highly recommend expanding your horizons and giving poetry a try. Therefore, I would like to introduce you to three easy and fun forms of poetry: the limerick, the haiku, and acrostic.

Limerick

Limericks are short poems with a unique rhyme scheme. They are perfect for telling quick stories in a humorous tone. Here is an example:

There once was a boy named Vic
He was enamored of limerick
He wrote everywhere
And was known to declare
“My poems are top of the pick!”

There are a few things to notice about this type of poem. Firstly, it has five lines. The first two lines are long, while the middle lines are short. The last line of the poem has a rhythm that matches the first two, bringing the stanza in a full circle. Secondly, the rhyme scheme is aabba. These letters refer to which lines rhyme with which. All of the “a” lines rhyme and the “b” lines rhyme with each other. People write limericks usually in playful tones, and they’re great for upbeat stories. Try writing your own limerick! If you want some help, try starting with, “There once was a ___ named ___,” which is a common opening for limericks.

Haiku

Haikus are very brief descriptive poems that originated in Japan. A haiku is super easy to write — there are only three lines! They don’t even have to rhyme. The catch, though, is that there is a specific number of syllables for each line. The first line has five syllables; the second line has seven; and the third line has five again. If you have a difficult time counting syllables, try this strategy: p k. However many times your chin touches your hand is the amount of syllables in that line. Here is an example of a haiku:

Writing poetry
Will bring grins and peace of mind
Try it out sometime

If you are having trouble deciding what to write, pick an object in your room and describe it in haiku format.

Acrostic

In an acrostic poem, you write a word or phrase using the first letter of each line of poetry. Here is an example:

Words flow from pens
Right onto paper
In your mind, your thoughts take flight
Tell us a story
Everything is possible when you write

Looking vertically, the first letter of each line in the poem spell “WRITE.” Each line is therefore related to the act of writing. There are no other concrete rules to acrostic poems. The lines can be as long or as short as you choose, and you can even rhyme if you’re feeling ambitious. If you’re looking for a word to spell out for your acrostic poem, try starting with your name. There’s nothing that you can describe better than yourself!

I hope that you learned some new things about poetry. I encourage you to try out every new form and pick a favorite to write! Have fun!

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