Friday, December 10, 2010

Creative Prompt - Two Word Poem

Earlier this week, we had Lorraine Marwood as a guest at The Book Chook. (You might remember I reviewed Lorraine's A Ute Picnic and Other Australian Poems, too.) I was reminded when reading Lorraine's guest article of the resources she has for writers and children on her website. So our Creative Prompt this week is prompted by Lorraine.


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:


Going Home


So late

Run run

Bag's heavy

Must try

Grab cab

Jump in

Hurry hurry

Hold tight

Wheels screech

Eyes shut

Deep breaths

Made it!



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!" 

Bounding Dog

Gray morning

Backdoor opens

Bounding dog

Shiny floorboards

Slipping sliding

Slobbering joy

Greets Uggboot

Covered feet

(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. 

At Dancing


Warm ups

Gallops

Dance

Leg bends

Butterfly wings

Another dance

Get a sticker

(Thanks Matilda!)




Image credit: Justin Shearer on Flickr

10 comments:

  1. Here is my poem. I'm 9. From Philippa.

    BICYCLE

    Helmet on
    Hop on
    Ring bell
    Pedal hard
    Change gears
    Whizz down
    Brakes on!
    Hop off

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  2. Cricket by Joseph (age 6 3/4)

    Lift bat
    Hit ball
    Flies away
    Over boundary
    HIT SIX!

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  3. The Book Chook10 December, 2010

    Love it, Joseph! It sounds like they need you on the Australian side!

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  4. The Book Chook10 December, 2010

    Philippa, I really like the way your poem turns a full circle. It has excitement and action and makes a word picture in our minds!

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  5. I love the idea. I have reposted your link on my forums
    http://www.australianmums.com.au/forum/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=21

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  6. The Book Chook13 December, 2010

    That's great Cassie, thanks!

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  7. my poem by simryn im 12

    birthday party
    Decorations on,
    cake ready.
    Friends arrive,
    FUN BEGINS!
    Funny movies,
    hilarous conversations.
    Photos taken,
    people shaken.
    Choclatey cake,
    cheesy pizza.
    Loving memories,
    silly memories.
    Candles flaming,
    candles blown.
    Children dancing,
    I’ve grown!


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  8. this is posted by simryn im in grade 7

    title -- birthday party

    Decorations on,
    cake ready.
    Friends arrive,
    FUN BEGINS!
    Funny movies,
    hilarous conversations.
    Photos taken,
    people shaken.
    Choclatey cake,
    cheesy pizza.
    Loving memories,
    silly memories.
    Candles flaming,
    candles blown.
    Children dancing,
    I’ve grown!


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    1. Love it, simryn! You've created a great atmosphere there.

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