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Ninth Grade Honors Poetry Portfolio Project

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									Brooks Roberts
Holt
6th Period
1/27/12

                           Ninth Grade Honors Poetry Portfolio Project

A).

1. Fixed Form Poetry

Def: A type of poetry that follows certain rules or has a certain structure in the way it is written.

                                              Example:

                              There was an Old Person whose habits,
                                Induced him to feed upon rabbits;
                                    When he'd eaten eighteen,
                                    He turned perfectly green,
                             Upon which he relinquished those habits.

Explanation: This type of poem is called a limerick, which is one type of fixed form poetry, and
it follows certain rules. For example, a limerick has 5 lines, and this poem follows that rule. And
it follows an A, A, B, B, A rhyme scheme. “Habits” and “rabbits” follow A, A. Then “eighteen”
and “green” follow the B, B pattern. And then the poem is finished off with “habits” again which
returns to the A pattern.



2. Free Form Poetry

Def: A type of poetry that doesn’t follow a specific pattern or rule.

                                              Example:

                                           The fog comes

                                          on little cat feet.

                                            It sits looking

                                        over harbor and city

                                         on silent haunches

                                         and then moves on.

Explanation: This poem doesn’t follow a specific pattern. It has only two stanzas which are
different in length, and it does not follow a specific rhyme scheme. The words “comes”, “feet”,
Brooks Roberts
Holt
6th Period
1/27/12

“looking”, “city”, “haunches”, and “on” do not rhyme at all. This poem also does not have a set
meter or no set rhythm in the way that they are spoken.



B).

3. Rhymed Poetry

Def: A type of poetry that follows a certain rhyming pattern.

                                             Example:

                                            The lizard

                                    The lizard is a timid thing
                                 That cannot dance or fly or sing;
                                He hunts for bugs beneath the floor
                                   And longs to be a dinosaur.

Explanation: This is an example of a quatrain poem, or a poem written in four, rhymed lines
following a specific pattern. It has a rhyme scheme of A, A, B, B. This poem follows a certain
rhyming pattern with “thing” and “sing” being the A rhyme scheme, and “floor” and “dinosaur”
being the B rhyming pattern.



4. Unrhymed Poetry

Def: A type of poetry that does not follow a certain rhyming pattern.

                                             Example:

                                      I Dream'd in a Dream
                                        by Walt Whitman

                 I DREAM'D in a dream I saw a city invincible to the attacks of the
                                    whole of the rest of the earth,
                             I dream'd that was the new city of Friends,
                   Nothing was greater there than the quality of robust love, it led
                                               the rest,
                    It was seen every hour in the actions of the men of that city,
                                  And in all their looks and words.
Brooks Roberts
Holt
6th Period
1/27/12

Explanation: This poem does not follow a certain rhyme scheme or pattern. None of the words at
the end of the lines rhyme. The only words that come close to rhyming are earth and word, but
they still do not rhyme.



C).

5. Narrative Poetry

Def: A type of poetry that tells a story and has a plot, such as epics, ballads, idylls and lays.

                                              Example:

                                   Excerpt from John Barleycorn

                                          by Robert Burns

                                "There was three kings into the east,
                                  Three kings both great and high,
                                 And they hae sworn a solemn oath
                                   John Barleycorn should die."

Explanation: This is an excerpt of a poem about a man named John Barlycorn. To summarize,
the poem tells the story of how he died, and then was brought back to life, and as he grew old
and died again, he was treated as a hero in Scotland. It has an introduction, rising action, a
climax, falling action, and an exposition, which are all examples of elements in a narrative story.



6. Lyric Poetry

Def: A type of poetry that expresses personal and emotional feelings.

                                              Example:

                                              Dying
                                        By: Emily Dickinson

                                   I heard a fly buzz when I died;
                                     The stillness round my form
                                   Was like the stillness in the air
                                    Between the heaves of storm.
Brooks Roberts
Holt
6th Period
1/27/12



Explanation: A lyric poem does not tell a story, but an author’s feeling, state of mind, or
perceptions. This poem is showing what they think happens after someone dies. It shows there
state of mind, which is a body lying quiet and still. And it shows the authors perceptions of what
it feels like after you die.
Brooks Roberts
Holt
6th Period
1/27/12

                                            Cites:

          1. Lear, Edward. A Book of Nonsense. Ed. Roberts Brothers. Boston, 1894.

     2. Sandburg, Carl. “Fog”. Chicago Poems. Chicago: Henry Holt and Company, 1916.

     3. “The Lizard” http://manassas.k12.va.us/round/ClassWeb/Slough/Poetry/rhyme.htm

   4. Whitman, Walt. “I DREAM’D In a Dream”. Leaves of Grass. Ed. Walt Whitman. New
                             Jersey: Walt Whitman, 1900.

 5. Burns, Robert. Poems and Songs. Vol. VI. The Harvard Classics. New York: P.F. Collier &
                                      Son, 1909–14.

6. Dickenson, Emily. “Dying”. http://www.types-of-poetry.org.uk/31-lyric-poetry.htm

								
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