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Killing Free Verse

Posted by Aderia , May 21 2012 · 567 views

We started a poetry unit in my 10th grade English class, finally. I've been looking forward to it all year, because I was (mistakenly) led to believe that we'd actually be writing something fun for a change. Aha, well that was a lie.

1When I see birches bend to left and right
2Across the lines of straighter darker trees,
3I like to think some boy's been swinging them.
4But swinging doesn't bend them down to stay

Teacher: "Now, what do you think Line 3 means?"
Classmate: "It looks like a boy swung on the trees?"
Teacher: *deathglare* "Will someone else, someone who respects Mr. Frost and his works, please tell me?"

Well, you get the idea. Lovely lady, my english teacher XP Anyways, we've spent the past few weeks analyzing poety, which is cool, and easier than dissecting Julius Caesar, but still, not writing poems like I'd hoped.

So then on Friday she says we can write free verse in the style of Lucille Clifton for bonus and read it in class for even more bonus. And of couse, that made me happy. Then she gave us a 'Mad-Libs' style outline we had to use for the free-verse. Excuse me, "free verse".

So I turned my outline/fill-in-the-blank-and-call-it-free-verse worksheet into a protest sign, and naturally decided to spruce up my blog with it :D Might as well, before my premiership runs out, ya kno?

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Poetry is hard. But it can be worthwhile.

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'When I throw you over my shoulder
And spin in tight circles
Calling you a sack of potatoes
You squeal and-ing giggle
Because that's all you can do'

If I do so have the heart to declare: Poetic eloquence beyond compare.
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don't read my poor hand writing, that was a pre-draft. XP but thanks mango (nice name change, i had to creep on your name history)
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Bloody brilliant.

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May 25 2012 03:56 PM
Haha, I thought writing free verse poetry was supposed to encourage creativity. :P
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Short Stories
The Ga-Matoran Who Couldn't Swim*
Lessons of the Past*
Turn Your Tears to Roses*
Sound the Bugle*
Forget the Mountain*
Walking Her Home
Thankful Hearts
Black Diamonds
Long Live*
The Lonely
All Our Sins Remembered
Reality's Fantasy
Dark VanityNEW!!

COT Short Stories

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