Wordplay Wednesday The Poetry Playground
Last week we embarked on an exploration of poetry to celebrate April as National Poetry Month.
Poetry is a wonderful genre to engage with for writers of any skill or experience level. It is about creating images and feelings in our own individual style.
As I declared last week, there are no rules in poetry. For some folks that is a welcoming and freeing concept. No rules? Out of my way!
However you may prefer a few parameters in the beginning. Some structure can build a sense of confidence. If you need a starting point, then perhaps using one of many basic poetic forms will help as you head off on your journey as a poem-maker.
Today we are going to explore Acrostics and Diamantes.
An acrostic is a poem in which the first letters of each line spell out a word or phrase, which indicates what the poem is about. Usually the first letter of each line is capitalized to make it easier to read the word vertically.
Steps for writing an acrostic:
- Choose a word for your topic. It can be about anything.
- Write the word vertically
- Make a list of words or phrases that relate to or describe your topic.
- Place words from your list on lines that begin with the same letter.
- Fill in the rest of the lines with relevant words or phrases
A Diamante is a seven line poem shaped like a diamond written about two opposite things or ideas. Each line uses specific types of words such as adjectives or gerunds which are nouns formed by adding –ing to verbs.
Steps for writing a diamante:
- Brainstorm some opposing ideas or things. Winter/Summer, Desert/Rainforest, One of these will be the first word of your poem. The other will be the last word of your poem.
- Line 1 will be one word, the subject of your poem.
- Line 2 will be two adjectives that describe line 1.
- Line 3 will be three gerunds or action verbs that tell about Line 1.
- Line 4 will be four nouns. The first two words relate to line 1. The second two words relate to line 7.
- Line 5 is three gerunds relating to line 7
- Line 6 is tow adjectives that describe line 7.
- Line 7 is the word that contrast line 1.
Here is my diamante.
Hurrying, Bustling, Working
Traffic, noise, surf, serenity
Resting, relaxing, chilling
Give acrostics and diamantes a try. It is a great way to exercise your imagination, ingenuity and vocabulary. Plus it’s fun! C’mon get your feet wet!
See you next time!