Poetry Is Fun
I like writing poetry, but when I first got an assignment to write a poem I wasn’t sure how to begin. I found that some poems are difficult to understand because they are not written in a traditional story format. I soon discovered that writing a poem is almost like painting a picture. The author is painting a picture with words, and I have to think about what each word means in order to discover what the author is trying to say.
I found a great list of tips from Patricia Hubbell at kidspoet.com/tips.htm. She recommends writing regular sentences to begin with, then taking out unimportant words and substituting more meaningful ones.
Practice makes perfect, and I found some fun sites, such as the Poetry Idea Engine, teacher.scholastic.com/writewit/poetry/poetry_engine.htm#. You’ll be writing haikus, free verse and limericks in no time. Fern’s Poetry Nook, pbskids.org/arthur/games/poetry, is another great place to go for simple descriptions of different types of poems and for writing practice.