Poetry-Grade 8

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About Writing, For Writers Poetry Writing Tips  Help for choosing the correct words for your poems. Part of Art of Writing.

Types of Poetry There are several types of poetry, but , only the following will be addressed in this section: (1)Acrostic  (2)Ballad  (3)Blank Verse (4)Cinquain  (5)Clerihew  (6)Diamante (7)Didactic  (8)Epic (9)Epitath  (10)Epigram  (11)Fable (12)Free Verse  (13)Haiku  (14)Heroic Couplet (15)Limerick (16)Monody (17)Monorhyme  (18)Narrative  (19)Ode  (20)Pantoum (21)Proverbs  (22)Quatrain  (23)Rap  (24)Rictameter (25)Senryu (26)Sestina  (27)Shape  (28)Song  (29)Sonnet (30)Tanka (31)Tetractys  (32)Tyburn  (33)Villanelle.

Poetry Express Poetry Express is intended for all poets, from inexperienced to advanced. To get the most from the website, take time to explore it and get a broad overview.  Sense how the activities relate to your own needs and interests.

Lyrical Lessons Online This Site has student activities and lesson plans on many aspects of poetry.

Couplet Poems A couplet poem is two lines working as a unit, whether the make up a single stanza or a part of a larger stanza.

Denotation & Connotation Denotation refers to the literal meaning of a word, the "dictionary definition." Connotation, on the other hand, refers to the associations that are connected to a certain word or the emotional suggestions related to that word.

Figurative Language Check out this list of terms relating to figurative language, along with definitions and examples.

Imagery and Metaphors in Poetry Though often seen as simply decoration or illustration, imagery lies at the heart of a poem. Much of any language is built of dead metaphors, and metaphors in poetry are more sleeping than dead. To put the matter concisely: imagery is the content of thought where attention is directed to sensory qualities: mental images, figures of speech and embodiments of non-discursive truth.

Metaphor A metaphor is a figure of speech concisely expressed by an implied analogy between two objects or ideas, conveyed by the use of a word instead of another.

Simile A simile is a figure of speech comparing two unlike things, often introduced with the word "like" or "as". Even though similes and metaphors are both forms of comparison, similes allow the two ideas to remain distinct in spite of their similarities, whereas metaphors compare two things without using "like" or "as".

heart Similes and Metaphors A SIMILE is a figure of speech where X is compared to Y , using the words AS or LIKE . A METAPHOR is a figure of speech where X is compared to Y, and where X is said TO BE Y. A METAPHOR says that X IS Y.

Symbolism Very generally put, symbolists tend to support the idea of a connection between first, consciousness and the outer world and second, nature and the spiritual world.

First Person Grammarians have divided references to people into three categories, to refer to I, you, and he or she. The first person is I, me, my, we, our, and so on. The second person is you and your. The third person is he, she, they, their, his, hers, him, her, and so on.

RhymeZone RhymeZone At this site you can type in a word to find its rhymes, synonyms, and more!

Kids Writing  10 questions with a choice of 4 answers each. Instant grading. Part of the Harris Middle School site.

The Owl Rhyme Wise Owl has come up with a poetry idea for you to try.

Post up a Poem Read poems from other kids in the Gallery and post your own work!

Poets' Corner Logo Poet's Corner  This site contains the largest, most diverse, and most user-friendly public library of poetic works ever assembled. The materials on display are selected from an inventory of thousands of works by hundreds of authors.

Maya AngelouMaya Angelou Check out this biography and online works by poet Maya Angelou.

PoetsAfrican Women Writers-Poets Francophone African poetry (that is, poetry written by Africans in the French language) is a rich and varied literary expression. While the colonial legacy can be blamed for much of Africa's ills, it is also largely responsible for this great contribution to humanity.

Edgar Allen Poe's Annabel Lee Read Annabel Lee by Edgar Allen Poe.

Lesson Plans/Classroom Activities


Lyrical Lessons Online

Introduction to Poetry

The Art of Poetry

Acrostic Poetry




The World of Haiku




Simile and Metaphor

Famous Poems and Poets

Pictures in Words: Poems of Tennyson and Noyes

Poems That Tell A Story: Poetry of Robert Frost

The Poet's Voice: Langston Hughes and You

The Statue of Liberty: Bringing the 'New Colossus' to America

Thematic Language Arts Units


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