Write a Poem

Would you like to write a poem? Here are a few poems you can try.

Write a Clerihew.

A clerihew is a funny poem about a specific person. 
They are four lines long. 
They have 2 rhyming couplets: line 1 and line 2 rhyme with each other, and line 3 and line 4 rhyme with each other.
Line 1 names a person, and line 2 ends with something that rhymes with the name of the person.
Line 3 has a new rhyme, and line 4 rhymes with it.
A clerihew should be funny, but not rude.

Here is an example of a Clerihew I wrote about a teacher I know.

Miss Harris

My teacher Miss Harris
would love to go to Paris,
but she can’t leave town
because she’s in lockdown.

Write a Limerick

A limerick is a funny or unusual poem that consists of five lines. 
Lines 1, 2 and 5 rhyme.
Lines 3 and 4 rhyme. 
Lines 1, 2 and 5 should have 7 to 10 syllables 
Lines 3 and 4 are shorter and should have 5 to 7 syllables. 
Limericks have a very distinct rhythm when you read them aloud.
Limericks often follow this pattern:

There once was a da from dadah,   
who dada da dada da dah.    
She dada da dah    
and dada da dah.    
Da dada da dada da dah.    

If that doesn’t make sense, read this example I wrote:

The Poetry Teacher

There once was a poet from West Beach
who didn’t know which poems to teach.
She taught a strange rhyme
but thought it a crime,
then hid all her poems out of reach.

When you have written a poem

When you have written your poem, you may paste it into the comments box on the Your Poem page. I will approve it (which may take about a week), so you can look back in a week or so and see your poem on this website.

If you are a Children’s University student, you can show your poem to your School Co-ordinator for a 30 minute stamp.

© Kristin Martin 2020