Bakers Dozen: Creative Writing Workbook (Chapter 9, page 2 of 3)

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Chapter 9

The fourth line is four words expressing an attitude about the object.

The fifth line is one word either repeating the opening line or summarizing.

Here is an example of the second form of the cinquain.

Pencil, sharp, worn writing my life soothing my open wounds -life.

(Not great, but you get the point! Get it! Pencil. Point.)

D. Computer-generated poem. Follow this format to write a computer-generated poem. (Challenge your friends with other computer-generated poem forms)

Line 1: Article, adjective noun Line 2: verb, simile Line 3: Prepositional phrase Line 4: I, verb Line 5: prepositional phrase Line 6: and, verb Line 7: prepositional phrase Line 8: simile Line 9: the, noun Line 10: verb Line 11: prepositional phrase Here's an example of a computer-generated poem that I wrote.

The mighty oak waves like a child in the gentle breeze.

I watch from my window and listen to the birds singing like angel choirs.

The clouds float through the sky.

(Can you tell where I cheated just a little? This kind of cheating is called poetic license and is perfectly legal for poets.)

E. Another fun form of poetry is "word" poetry. Cut out 50 words from newspaper headlines and place them in a hat. Draw out 25 of these words and try to arrange them into some sort of poem.

F. A limerick is another fun form of poetry. It is a five-line poem with a definite rhyme scheme and rhythm. In a limerick the 1st, 2nd, and 5th lines rhyme. Their rhythm is called anapestic meaning they have nine syllables and they follow (generally) an accent pattern of unstressed, unstressed, and stressed syllables repeated three times. Plus the fourth and third rhymes line. These have six syllables. The unstressed, unstressed stressed pattern twice. Here is an example of a limerick.

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