Dictate "Risk" by Anais Nin. This time do not say the line breaks or the punctuation.
And then the day came, when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the dark it took to Blossom.
After students write the poem, have them look to see how close they are to the poet's form. This can lead into a discussion about sentences, line breaks, that create pauses. This is a one sentence poem. Why is that interesting?
"Poetry is life in the slow lane." ~David Cappella
Robert Frost: "The sound of sense. It is the abstract vitality of our speech. It is pure sound--pure form. One who concerns himself with it more than the subject is an artist. But remember we are still talking merely of the raw material of poetry. An ear and an appetite for these sounds of sense is the first qualification of a writer, be it of prose or verse."
Literature as an art form: "authentic and intuitive answers." David Cappella, A SURGE OF LANGUAGE.
1) It is not what she did at 10 o'clock last evening accounts for the smile It is that she plans to do it again tonight. 2) Only the mouth all those years ever letting on. 3) It's not the mouth exactly it's not the eyes exactly either it's not even exactly a smile But, whatever, I second the motion.
Visual literacy. Mentor Text Idea. Have students write a poem to a piece of art.