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Poetry and Children

Updated on February 25, 2008
 
 

What better way to learn and enjoy poetry than through children. A child's mind is full of imagination and joy. When you put a child together with poetry, it opens a world of vivid ideas and spoken expressions. Here you will find a delightful website that gives you many different children poems. Poems are an extraordinary way to express oneself. It gives you a way to convey and colorfully recite words in an imaginative and/or rhyming form.

 
 

There are so many different kinds of poems to share with children.

Funny poems

Fill-in-the-Blank

Rhyming Poems

Educational poems

Mind your manners poems

Don't be a bully

Most poems are only a few lines long and not as lengthy as a research paper. Writing poems are much easier for kids to learn and to write. Below is a list of things a student can write poems about, per Bridget Frantz. A poem.....

    • Can be about anything
    • Can use few words
    • Has a unique form and shape
    • May or may not have rhythm and a beat
    • Often ends with a punch
    • Has a title
    • May use invented spelling
    • Let's us get to know the poet
    • Is easy to create
    • May be serious or humorous

Usually expresses important personal feelings

Why poetry and how to get started?

Poetry is truly an important tool. It allows kids to spread their imaginary wings and fly to destinations much further than the eye can see. Kids have the ability to write brillant poems about anything that comes to mind and anything that interests them. I've always heard that when you write about things you know, love and understand your writing seem more realistic and knowledgeable. It opens a world of free will-writing whatever excites, hurts or stresses them. Simply put, poems are those words that aren't easily spoken by mouth, but allows a person to openly express themselves.

Most kids are first introduced to poetry in school. If your child is really interested in poetry it may be beneficial to join a kid's poetry club. PBS is a great place to start for kids. Once their confident is strong and/or as their love for poetry grows;, I suggest entering a kid's poetry contest.

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    • Denny Lyon profile image

      Denny Lyon 8 years ago from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA

      Fabulous hub! Children and poetry is a natural fit but rarely written about.  Thanks from the poets community!

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      writerlady 9 years ago from South

      Thank You!

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      bright_sorcerer 9 years ago from London, Canada

      It is sooo refreshing to read a hub on the importance of encouraging children to write poetry. I was always an odd ball growing up and found that, as you mentioned, I was able to convey my thoughts and feelings much better with a pencil and paper than speaking it aloud. It took me many years to figure out why I would continue to get these recurring rhyming phrases in my mind that wouldn't leave until I wrote them down. I just loved the way poems like Wordsworth's "Daffodils" would just roll off my tongue as I recited it...and it was always in a rhythm that you didn't have to figure out. These served as kind of a standard for me and I attempted over the years to write in a similar fashion. Using poetry and teaching them how to write in their own unique style does give a young person a very valuable outlet for self expression. This was a great hub with some excellent information and links. Thanks.