Structured poems are poems that provide a specific format to follow. They are perfect for those who need a little more help forming a poem. They can easily be implemented in classrooms, no matter the age of the students. Even the youngest of students are able to craft their own poems with the guidance of a teacher.
Before assigning these poems to your students, we encourage you to experiment with the forms as well. You might not see yourself as a poet, but teachers who write help their students become writers who are more willing to share their work.
Poems by Tynea Lewis
Libraries are not just places for books. They are also full of exciting events. Check out your local library to see what they are doing to celebrate National Poetry Month. If they do not have events scheduled, talk to the director to see if you can help them set up a night where people come to read aloud their favorite poems or poems they’ve written.
You might even have ideas for events on writing poetry. Discuss these with the director, and ask how you can get involved to celebrate National Poetry Month.
Poem ideas can be found anywhere. You just have to be open to their possibility and capture the ideas as they come. Even though you might not have a chance to write the entire poem when the idea strikes, it’s important to write down a word or phrase so you can expand on it later.
A lot of people keep a notebook of ideas to refer to at a later date. This can be something you keep by your bed to jot down an idea in the middle of the night after you have an inspiring dream. Keep it in your car for when you’re stuck in traffic or at a red light. If you keep a notebook and pen in the places you frequent throughout the day, you’ll be able to capture ideas as they come. (Don’t forget about your phone; it’s also the perfect place to record thoughts that float around.)
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Look through your phone, a magazine, or a website to find a picture that inspires you to write. It could be a picture of a landscape, an activity, a building, people, etc.
Take a moment to observe everything about the picture.
Poetry has evolved over the years, and it continues to grow and increase in popularity an appreciation. National Poetry Month brings a lot of attention to this sometimes forgotten genre. There are still some people who shy away from this writing form because it’s misunderstood.
The fun of poetry is that there are endless ways to create a poem.