One of the greatest factors in the impact and effectiveness of a poem is its perspective. By this we mean subject matter, voice, and setting.
Form may cover such aspects as the rhyme scheme or the number of syllables per line.
Just a few hours out and a few hours back, Winding down backroads and seeing the view,Rolling through towns, fields, and pastures, Rediscovering the old as though something new. We call it a day trip, an excursion or outing, But it’s much like our lives every day, too—Learning, growing, seeking, and working, Rediscovering the old […]
Understanding the technical side of poetry can help us when we’re stuck in a rut or need to revise a verse for greater impact.
Thank You, God, for making wind,
For the mighty storms that You send;
Thank You for the rainbow’s bend.
Thank You, God, for Kansas.
Although Walt Mason’s poetry is now largely forgotten except by dedicated history buffs, in his own day “Uncle Walt” was the most widely read poet in America.
Short poems feature bugs that will be familiar to nearly every Kansas child, and children from other places, as well.
One of our favorite knitting books, Kids Knitting by Melanie Falick (read our full review), teaches children to knit through the use of rhyme: Under the fenceCatch the sheepBack we comeOff we leap. Each of the four lines represents one step in the process of making a knit stitch: Inserting the tip of the right […]
Crisp and black with cold, dry ash,You cover yourselves with green,Awakened to life by rain and sun,You thrive in the breezes of spring. Days grow long, the south wind blows;Your green now changes, too—First more vibrant, then more soft,And then to a golden hue. A gentler sun ripens your goldTo copper and rich red rust;Heat […]
When Johnny’s family moves west to find more room for their son to grow, the young man’s immense size proves to be a decided asset.