Poetry Activities

Poetry is not only about analyzing poems written by people who lived hundreds of years ago. Poetry is fun and engaging, and there are many ways to explore this genre in meaningful ways. Take a chance. Step out of your comfort zone and explore poetry. Create art using poetry, create your own poetry form, or act out a poem. Engaging with poems in these ways might change the way you view poetry. It might get you excited about all the possibilities poetry has to offer.

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  1. Performing Poetry - How To Recite A Spoken Word Poem

    Most of us have recited a poem out loud at some point in our lives. It might have been for a school assignment or a for a special occasion, such as a friend’s birthday party. Or maybe you just wanted to read a poem out loud. But did you know that there is a lot of poetry out there that was never meant for the page, only for the stage?

    What is performance poetry


    Performance poetry is a term that can be used for all poetry that was written with the goal of being performed instead of being published in the written form. There are just about as many types of performance poetry as there are performers. Some poems sound like speeches or rants, with no apparent poetic structure or form. Others might incorporate rhymes and repetition to create a more distinguished reading rhythm. There are no rules – the only boundaries are set by your imagination.

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  3. Introducing Poetry To Kids With Games And Fun Poems

    Introducing Poetry to Kids



    We know that it is beneficial to read poetry with our children, but how can we instill a love of poetry in them from a young age? Children love to play, so the trick is to make poetry a game too. Here are some great ideas to get your child interested in poetry. They would also work really well in the elementary school classroom!

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  4. 8 Ways To Participate In Poem In Your Pocket Day



    8 ways to celebrate Poem in Your Pocket Day


    Poem In Your Pocket Day is one day every year towards the end of National Poetry Month in April. It is a day that allows us to celebrate poems and to build a sense of community by sharing the powerful words of poets from all over the world.

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  6. Create A Book Spine Poem

    Creating book spine poems are a fun and creative way to craft a poem without having to write down any words. They are created by stacking books on top of each other until a poem emerges.

    Go to your local library, or pull off a handful of books from your own shelf at home. Stack the books on top of each other, and read the titles from top to bottom. Each title becomes a different line of the poem. Arrange the books in an order that most appeals to you, and feel free to replace book titles that aren’t working well into your poem.

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  7. Be An Inventor: Invent A New Poetry Form

    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.

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  8. Write Poetry Each Day

    The only way to get better at something is to practice it over and over again. Poetry is just like that. It’s a craft that takes time to master. National Poetry Month is held every April, and it’s the perfect time to find the poet in you.

    Take the month to explore this art form. It’s okay if it’s completely new and foreign to you. If you desire to learn more about how to read, write, and appreciate this genre, we guaranteed it will happen.

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  10. Pictspiration! Try Photo-Inspired Poetry

    Write A Poem Inspired By A Picture

    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.

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  11. Create Poetic Art

    Create Art From A Poem - Visual Poetry

    Living poems: How to make a visual representation of a poem


    Poems can create beautiful images in our minds. Wouldn’t you like to put those images onto paper? A great way to really enjoy poetry is to create a visual representation of a poem by making a painting, picture, video, slideshow, collage or other artwork that shows images from the poem and captures how it makes you feel.

    Here are some ideas for creating a visual representation of a poem. You could use these ideas for a group project with your family and friends, or to create a decoration for your home. You could even use them to create a poetry project for the children you know!

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  12. Read A Poem Backward

    Most poems are read from top to bottom, but to switch it up, read it from bottom to top. Does the meaning or image change?

    If you’re a teacher, have your students compare and contrast the poem by reading it both ways.

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  13. Recite Poetry To A Pet: Inflection & Projection

    Creative Practice For Reciting A Poem



    In celebration of National Poetry Month and our 30 Days to Find the Poet in You campaign, we’ve come up with some fun exercises to get you into the spirit of creative expression.

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