Saturday, July 11, 2020

Concrete (or Shape) Poems

Going back through my old notes for the Four Seasons & Poetry, I was reminded of how much I love concrete (or shape) poems!

I like the website for organizing everything by age and topic, but I like the blog too because people can easily comment. So here are all of the places I've found concrete poems. If you know of another one, please share it!

*NEW* "Popsicle" by Joan Bransfield Graham

Best book for lots of examples of concrete poems!

    The Hutchinson Treasury of Children's Poetry

    edited by Alison Sage

    "Do Not Disturb the Dinosaur" by Gina Douthwaite (page 114)
    "Seal" by William Jay Smith (page 111)
    "The Man Who Wasn't There" by Brian Lee (page 104)
    "Sweet Tooth" by Gina Douthwaite (page 102)
    "I'd Like to Squeeze" by John Agard (page 163)

A few other options:


Poetry Speaks to Children (Book & CD) is valuable for another lesson as well.

Poetry is always being changed by the poet until the rhythm and flow of the words is just right. In this book, the author of "On Turning Ten" changes the poem slightly when he reads it aloud on the CD recording. Can you find what is different?

Thanks, Billy Collins, for helping us to give a great example of this to children! It is a published book but he didn't care... it didn't feel right when he said it out loud and he gave himself permission to change it. I love that!

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