Spring Into Verse Day 5 - List Poem Day
List poems are an easy and successful way
to get children feeling more comfortable with poetry. They are to be found in
the poetry of many cultures and have been employed successfully by many
Here are some ideas that will assist you to
be even more successful with this widely used poetic form.
If you like the idea of List poems, check out Douglas Florian. His work makes frequent use of the list poem structure and his illustrations are superb.
- Poems are frequently full of surprises and a list poem requires
the same. It needs to be more than a shopping list.
- You need a variety of items and when
considering what to include.
- Be specific!
- Use colorful names for people, animals and objects.
- Use varied syntax (sentence structure)
- Try leaving the title until the poem is completed
- Be prepared to rearrange the items in your list to obtain the
best possible effect.
- A big list is more effective than a short one.
- These poems need to be read with feeling and rhythm
A flood of childhood memories were the catalyst for this poem...
I used to be afraid of the dentist’s drill,
And snakes at the end of my bed
Knives and guns
Monsters lurking in the shadows
And dogs in the night
People with missing teeth
And big kids who harass you for being- little
And drowning in quicksand
My Nana’s toilet
But now I’m afraid of ignorance.
Alan j Wright