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Module 6: Poetry Break 29

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Two Poems: A Classic Poem And A Contemporary Poem That Are Similar In Some Way
 
Introduction:  Ask the children to listen carfully to the following poems and share any thoughts or ideas the two poems may have in common.

"Trees" by Joyce Kilmer
 
I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.
 
A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the sweet earth's flowing breast;
 
A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;
 
A tree that may in summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;
 
Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.
 
Poems are made by fools like me.
But only God can make a tree.
 
Taken from:
 
Available at http://www.bartleby.com/104/119.html Accessed 27 July 2005.
 
 
Extension:  These two poems lend themselves perfectly to a lesson on compare and contrast.  Have the students identify the common elements of each poem. 
 
As a poetry writing lesson, allow the children to write a poem of their own based on the format of one of their favorite poems.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

"Lovely" by Jon Scieszka
 
I think that I ain't never seen
A poem ugly as a spleen.
 
A poem that could make you shiver,
Like 3.5 ... pounds of liver.
 
A poem to make you lose your lunch,
Tie your intestines in a bunch.
 
A poem all gray, wet, and swollen,
Like a stomach or a colon.
 
Something like your kidney, lung,
Pancreas, bladder, even tongue.
 
Why your turning green, good buddy?
It's just human body study.
 
Taken from:
 

Scieszka, Jon. 2004. SCIENCE VERSE. Illustrated by: Lane Smith. New York: Viking. ISBN: 0670910570.

 
 

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