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Children's Literature: Poetry

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Poetry can range from rhyming to free verse to concrete verse. It takes the sound of language and arranges it in beautiful forms. Each word is carefully chosen for its sound and meaning. It appeals to both the thoughts and feelings of the reader.

Frequently Found Elements

•Creates and emotional intensity

•Types include rhyme, ballads, lyrics, narrative, free verse, haiku, limericks, concrete poems, cinquain, and diamante

• Uses rhythmic or figurative language: alliteration, metaphor, simile, symbolism, personification, assonance, consonance, allusion, ect.

•Uses imagery, compactness, shape

Authors to Explore

Maya Angelou   ♦Shel Silverstein   ♦Jane Yolen   ♦Paul Fleischman   ♦Beth Ferry  ♦Carole Gerber  ♦Jack Prelutsky                        ♦Paul Fleischman

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