It's called Two Word Poem. The idea is to create a poem from lines that are only two words each. How simple is that! After reading Lorraine's suggested age range goes from beginning students on, I figured this was something even a poetically-challenged chook could attempt. Lorraine advises the two words should be nouns and verbs, "the strong words of writing", and that the poem "maintains a rhythm without rhyme through the use of two words". You can see Lorraine's example at her website, along with more detailed guidelines.
What I did
I decided the rhythm would suit a sense of urgency, and plumbed my memories for a time of urgency. The one that sprang to mind was the day our domestic plane was late getting into Shanghai because of snow. We really really wanted to catch the international flight we were booked on, to get home to Australia. Here's my two line poem:
This is a simple format that's readily accessible to kids, and you don't have to think about all the other features of poetry like metaphor. Why not try it with your kids soon?
My article today is the fourteenth in a series of prompts that I hope might spark some creative expression in your kids, and maybe you too. I hope you'll join me so we can all challenge ourselves to be more creative. You can catch the rest of the prompts at the first post in the Creative Prompt series, by scrolling down to Update.
If you and/or your kids respond to this prompt and you'd like me to showcase it on my blog, I would be thrilled to do that. If you post it on your own blog, please let me know (in comments or email, via the Contact Me tab), and I'll add your link to the relevant post.
Here's a two word poem, written by Australian author, Neridah McMullin. (I reviewed Neridah's picture book, Ponkidoodle earlier this year. ) She says, "Oscar is my 13 year old cocker spaniel who stills goes crazy with joy when I let him inside every morning. He never fails to make me laugh!"
(Thanks Neridah, I love it!)
Here's a two word poem by Matilda, 4 and 1/2. I love the way she's used the two word structure as her prompt, then danced off in a slightly different direction.
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