Patterns on a page in poetry?  Well, as with music and with dance it can come in different forms.


You can have a shaped poem, such as my poem "The Christmas Tree Fairy"and there are others that I've done.  See "Seal" by Robert Frost too.  I would call these poems, more likely, "Shaped poems" but I prefer ordinary poems with good content.


However, when I, personally, think of a pattern on a page with regards to poetry, I think of the pattern within the rhythm of the poem and also the pattern in the rhyming of the poem.  This equals the difference between a waltz and a march, for example, in music.


You can read a lot on my website to help you with understanding these patterns, but I will deal with one particular pattern today and this pattern comes within a limerick.


First of all, read plenty of limericks and then come back to this article:  LIMERICKS The poet whose limericks I absolutely loved when I was a child was Edward Lear, and I would use his limericks as a template for my own.  I love his poem "A Fly, A Flea and a Flu".  I don't think you could do better than this, but if you can please do let me know.


So I wrote:  "The Poets from Yorkshire are Best" because I know that some of the members to my website are Yorkshire Children.  But you could write:


The poets from Yorkshire are rubbish (Oh, I hope not).


Then you'd find that you really needed a word with one syllable, so you need to keep open your "".  I like "trash".


So:  The poets from Yorkshire are trash


Then you need a good rhyming word, so go to:  Rhymezone


I see "brash" and "flash" and you need a good line using a rhyming word.  So you don't quite know what "brash" means.  So keep an online dictionary open, eg "Cambridge".  Brash:  Showing too much confidence or little respect.  Good!  As we're running the poets from Yorkshire down, this will be just the job!  Look in your thesaurus again for other words that go well with "brash".


The poets from Yorkshire are trash.

They're cocky, they're bold and they're brash - - -   Not true  at all! No, no, no!


Then you need two short rhyming lines, eg:  --- - no, no eg.  You can do these, and you can do the last line because you still have the word "flash" to use.  


If you do well, perhaps your teacher could send me the best poem in the class and I will put this on here for other children to see.  You could also do an illustration to go with the poem.  That would be nice.  Josie


Oh heck!!!  I realize I've given you my "secrets" and you may become better poets than I am!!  Now I won't sleep all night for worrying about this.   Back to:  The Poets from Yorkshire are Best. 


By Josie Whitehead

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