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Poetry can make you laugh and cry.

It is usually written to ENTERTAIN.

When poetry is put to music, these are
called LYRICS.
When lyrics are written in honour of God,
they are called HYMNS.
Some poetry, such as that written by
Australian bush poets, was also sung in
the form of BALLADS.

Poetry can rhyme or not

Simple poetry usually follows particular
patterns and rules.
When poetry rhymes, it follows rules about
which words or end words rhyme with
which line.
Poetry is usually written just as words or
phrases put together, not complete
Poetry is sometimes organised into
paragraphs, called stanzas.

There are many types of poems that you

may have heard of:
Alliteration poems
Shape poems
Limericks see more

Alliteration repeating the first sound as

often as possible.
Stanza a paragraph within a poem.
Ballad Australian bush poets wrote
poems and then set them to music. Eg
Waltzing Matilda.
Lyrics Poems that are sung.
Narrative Poetry Poems that tell a story
(eg ballads)

POEM (or POETRY) - a written text with

rhythm usually using figurative language
and expressing or evoking emotion.
Figurative Language words that put
pictures in your mind.
Simile Figurative language where two
things are compared using like or as.
Metaphor Figurative language where two
things are compared without using like or

A Japanese poem composed of three
unrhymed lines of five, seven, and five
syllables. Haiku reflects on some aspect of
Rhyme - A rhyme has the repetition of the
same or similar sounds at the end of two or
more words most often at the ends of lines.
Rhythm the beat of the poem.

Couplet -A couplet has rhyming stanzas

each made up of two lines.
BLANK VERSE - Any unrhyming verse
FREE VERSE - Refers to poetry that does
not follow a structured form
HAIKU - A poem of seventeen syllables
arranged in three lines.
ONOMATOPOEIA - the use of words whose
sounds seem to express their meanings:
"hiss," "buzz," "bang," etc.

Lets have some fun!

Link to this site BUGS and do activity #1 on

the Paint Program.
When you are finished go to this site
BUGS#2 and do activity#4.

Alliteration is when the first sound of

words is repeated. This can be used on
its own as a stand-alone poem or lines
of alliteration can be put into other
Peter Piper picked a peck of
pickled peppers.
Wonderful William wobbles
wearily down windy, westerly

Marvelous Millie makes magic



A short sometimes rude, humorous poem of
consisting of five lines. Lines 1, 2, and 5 of a
Limerick have seven to ten syllables and
rhyme with one another. Lines 3 and 4 have
five to seven syllables and also rhyme with
each other. Need to find out more about
Limericks ?