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. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  6. 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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  7. Poetry By Heart - How To Memorize A Poem

    Tips To Quickly Memorize A Poem



    Memorizing a Poem


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  8. 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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  10. Library Events


    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.

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  11. Introduction To Poetry - Explore A New Poetry Form

    Some people look at poetry as something they could never write. They think it’s too overwhelming to capture thoughts in co...

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  12. 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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  13. 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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