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. 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 pi...

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  3. Poiku: Create A Pop Haiku

    What is a Haiku?




    A Haiku is a verse form made of 3 lines measuring 5, 7, and 5 syllables (in that order). 

    In its purest form as traditional Japanese poetry, the Haiku should be about nature or the seasons, and should use no metaphors or similes. You can find more information on the traditional artform in this article: How to write a Haiku, but here's a basic example:



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  4. 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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  6. 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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  7. Staged: Act Out A Poem

    How To Act Out Poetry




    Poetry originated even before writing, and the songs and stories which poets performed were the life-blood of early cultures. We often think of poems as emotional, and many poets find it hard to share their words because they write about such personal subjects. But not all poetry is about emotions, and there are many comedic and narrative poems which make great performances. Poetry is a living force that can be very powerful when we share it, both as a performance and as words on social media.



    So how can we capture the “life-force” of poetry? Here are some ideas for capturing the essence of poetry by acting out a poem. You could use these ideas to bring you closer to your family and friends, or to share the precious emotion of your words. They would also make great lesson ideas for the poetry classroom!


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  8. 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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  10. Poetry By Heart - How To Memorize A Poem

    Tips To Quickly Memorize A Poem



    Memorizing a Poem


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  11. 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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  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. 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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