FORMULA POETRY_ FIVE SENSES by malj

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									FORMULA POETRY: FIVE SENSES

Choose an abstraction – Like an emotion (love, hate, jealousy), a quality (honesty,
generosity, integrity), or a term (war, science, algebra) to write about. Now apply the
formula given below to create a poem that will make your abstraction tangible.

FORMULA:

LINE 1:        Name the abstraction, and tell what color it is.
LINE 2:        What does it sound like?
LINE 3:        What does it taste like?
LINE 4:        What does it smell like?
LINE 5:        What does it look like?
LINE 6:        How does it make you feel?



Examples:


Problems are midnight black.
They sound like children crying.
They taste like castor oil.
They smell like moldy cheese.
They look like bricks in a wall.
They make me feel hopeless and alone.

                                                               Dreams are rainbow colorful.
                                                   They echo like an empty orchestra hall.
                                              They taste like cotton candy and taffy apples.
                                                    They smell like line-dried pillowcases.
                                                        They look like big, billowy clouds.
                                                     They make me feel beautiful and free.

Love is powder blue and bubblegum pink.
It sounds like ticklish giggles.
It tastes like vanilla custard and pureed bananas.
It smells like bubble bath and baby powder.
It looks like an angel sleeping.
It makes me feel warm and snuggly.
FORMULA POETRY: DIAMANTÉ

The poem you are about to create will be diamond shaped. Follow this formula and you
may be pleased with the content of the poem, as well as its appearance.

FORMULA:

LINE 1:       One word (abstraction), the subject of the poem
LINE 2:       Two adjectives describing line 1
LINE 3:       Three “-ing” words connected to line 1
LINE 4:       Four words – 2 for line 1; 2 for line 7
LINE 5:       Three “-ing” words connected to line 7
LINE 6:       Two adjective describing line 7
LINE 7:       One word, the opposite of line 1


EXAMPLES:

                                      Motion
                                     Free, Easy
                             Breathing, Driving, Living
                        Crowds, Action, Emptiness, Stagnation
                              Dying, Stopping, Ending
                                Motionless, Confined
                                      Stillness


                                      Sickness
                                   Pale, Feverish
                            Coughing, Sneezing, Sniffling
                          Sleep, Medicine, Energy, Activity
                             Running, Working, Smiling
                                    Free, Lively
                                       Health


                                        Night
                                     Dark, Cold
                            Sleeping, Snoring, Dreaming
                        Scary, Nightmares, Sweet, Daydreams
                             Waking, Moving, Thinking
                                    Bright, Warm
                                        Day
FORMULA POETRY: HAIKU

The Haiku is Japanese verse poetry. It is very concise, containing only three lines. A
Haiku comes from an observation that the poet makes about the world around her.

The form of the Haiku is very strict, containing only three lines and allowing only
seventeen syllables. The seventeen syllables are divided between the three lines as
follows: Line one contains five syllables; line two contains seven syllables; line three
contains five syllables.

A Haiku implies an image of nature, especially relating to the seasons of the year, as well
as creating a mood or atmosphere.

A Japanese Haiku paints a clear, vivid image in a few brief lines.


EXAMPLES:


High noon! A hot sun
Bathes the town in quiet…And
Wakes the sleeping child.

                                                                      So cold are the waves
                                                                The rocking gull can hardly
                                                                         Fold itself to sleep

One man and one fly
Droning together alone
In a sunny room

                                                                          The golden carpet
                                                             Of fallen leaves on the ground
                                                                        Crunches underfoot

								
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