HANDS UP WHO WANTS TO BE A POET - page 2

Firstly, have you practised your five iambic sentences today?  If not, then you need to do this.  Here are mine:

 

I HOPE you'll HAVE a HAPpy DAY

You'll NEED to WEAR your COAT toDAY

The AUTumn WINDS are BLOWing NOW

I WANT to HELP you WRITE a POEM

Your TEACHer NEEDS to PRACtise TOO

 

Now you need to think further about the rhythm/metre of your poem when it comes to writing the second line, and this time you also need to think about the rhyme.  However well before you do this, you need to understand what you are going to do and why:

 

You have two choices:  You can write your poem with four iambic feet on every line, and if you do this, then the first and second lines rhyme and then the third and fourth line rhyme with each other.  OR you can do seven iambic feet spread over two lines.  The rhyming words are at the end of these feet and so you rhyme the second line with the fourth line.  You indent for rhyming lines.  You start writing under the third letter from the unrhymed lines.  See mine.

 

Before you do this, look at some of my poems and make sure you understand this:

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My very strong advice to you now is to understand iambic metre, as I've explained it to you, to just practise writing iambic sentences (and no more) - five a day - and to read and read and read the above poems (or others that your teacher chooses) and see how I have done it.  Human beings always learn from other people.  You can't just pick up writing of poetry without any instruction.  The reading is the most important thing and don't confine this to your classroom.  Google JOSIE'S POEMS and go to these poems at home and read them until you have learnt them off by heart.  It's not difficult.  There is plenty to do until next week.