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. 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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  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. Poetry By Heart - How To Memorize A Poem

    Tips To Quickly Memorize A Poem



    Memorizing a Poem


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  6. 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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  7. 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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  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. Practice Poetic Gift Giving

    Give A Poem As A Gift To Friends And Family



    Give a poem as a gift


    Homemade gifts always make you feel extra special because someone has put time and effort into personalizing a present just for you. Have you ever thought about giving a poem as a gift?

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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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