Today's Snack: Eat a couple of whole carrots, and drink
two glasses of ice water.
notebook, or lined writing paper and No. 2 pencil
poetry make you smile? No wonder. Sound is an important part of human
communication. Words that rhyme give us a "tickle" mentally and emotionally.
Little kids love nursery rhymes, and so do we all:
Mary had a little lamb; its fleece was white as snow,
And everywhere that Mary went, the lamb was sure to
a "couplet" - a simple, two-line poem. It's the foundation of all poetry. Of
course, not all poetry rhymes. But with a couplet, the last two "beats," or
accented syllables, should rhyme - "snow" and "go," in this case - and there should
be the same number of accented syllables, or "beats," for each line.
this couplet, each line had seven accented syllables. The accented syllables
Mar . . . had . . . lit . . . lamb . . . fleece . . .
white . . . snow
Ev . . . where . . . Mar . . . went . . . lamb . . .
sure . . . go
them with your hands as you say that couplet aloud. Hear the accents?
humans get a real feeling of satisfaction when we "hear" the sounds of words
that rhyme, even if we're only reading the words silently. Remember that!
isn't just for poetry. You can work rhyming into your regular writing when you
want to emphasize a point, or set a lighter, more humorous tone.
good writer loves the sounds of words, and "plays" with them all the time. One of
the best ways to build your language skills is to play around with rhyming.
say you're matching socks to help out at home. Match words, too, by rhyming.
Say: "See this sock? It'll hold a rock." Or: "I got some dirt on my blue
mealtime: "Eat your dinner, or you'll be thinner." Or: "It's not my fault!
Please pass the salt."
Write down 10 short, two-line poems - called
You can have as many accent syllables as you'd like;
just be sure both lines of your couplet have the same number of beats.
Write more as you think of them.
The more poetry you write, the easier it gets!