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. 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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  3. Build A Poetry Inspiration Jar


    Poem ideas can be found anywhere. You just have to be open to their possibility and capture the ideas as they com...

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  4. More Poetry And Pets: Posture & Movement

    Tips For Practicing Reciting A Poem


    Hello again! We’re into the full swing of celebrating National Poetry Mo...

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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 o...

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  7. 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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  8. 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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  10. Benefits Of Reading Poetry To Children

    Phonological Awareness And Reading Poetry To Children


    The importance of reading aloud to children is stressed more and more. It is at the core of putting children on the path to...

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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. 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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  13. 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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