Friday, April 6, 2012

The A to Z Poetry Challenge (A - D)


During the week I wrote poetry for the A to Z Poetry Challenge hosted by Rena Traxel. The whole month of April I will be writing poetry. Click here for all the challenge details.


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Day one- Sunday April 1st 2012
A is for Acrostic


Illustrated by Julie Rowan-Zoch
Click on her birdy to check out her blog


Challenge


--Using the picture above as a prompt write a poem about an animal. Or

--Try writing an acrostic poem.



Alligator

Across the swamp
Low in the grass
Lies a long scaly
Intimidating alligator.
"Gurgle,"goes his tummy
And a head peaks out.
Turtle eyes peer big.
Oddly they disappear
Right before the bite.

--By Jennifer Young

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Day 2 - Monday April 2nd 2012
B is for Book


Author Bill Kirk.
Click on his book ot be directed to his blog.

Challenge


--Using the cover from Bill Kirk's book as a prompt write a poem about the brain. Or

--Try writing a rhyming poem. Or

--Try writing a rhyming poem about the body.




The Birthday Suit

His suit was worn without a tie
And it was soft and far from dry.
His mom counted his mouth and nose.
His dad had found his tiny toes.
His suit was washed and weighed.
His parents loved what they made.

--By Jennifer Young

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Day 3 - Tuesday April 3rd 2012
C is for Contest.


Photo by Rena J. Traxel
Challenge

Using the photo of the patchwork castle as a prompt:

--create a patchwork poem, (Pssss - A cento or patchwork poem according to Poets.org is "a poetic form made up of lines from poems by other poets) 
or

--write a poem about a castle, or

--choose one line from a favourite poem and use it to write a poem, or

--use the castle picture to inspire your poem in someway.

Castle Cracks

Just as the cracks in the castles appear
So do the winkles exposing our wear.
Just as the cracks in the sidewalks are made
So are the sunspots that never will fade.

---By Jennifer Young

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Day 4 - Wednesday April 4th 2012 
D is for Doctor


Challenge


Using the Dr. Seuss picture above as a prompt

--Write a poem in trisyllabic meter (Pssss- A trisyllabic meter means that every third syllable of his stories is more stressed than the others. - A Hatful of Suess.  Here is an example from Dr. Seuss' book Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories. The bold bits are the stressed syllables.

“And today the Great Yertle, that Marvelous he

Is King of the Mud. That is all he can see."

or

--Write a rhyming poem or

or
--Write a silly poem


Doctor of Rhyme

Do you know of the Doc that created his rhymes,
For the children to read and remember at times?
He would rhyme with the alphabet, B is for Bat,
He's the Suess! He invented the Cat in the Hat.

 -- By Jennifer Young

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Day 5 - Thursday April 5th 2012
E is for Epigram





Illustration by Julie Rowan-Zoch




Challenge


--Write an epigram poem (Pssss- An epigram dating back to ancient Greece, "is a short, pithy saying, usually in verse, often with a quick, satirical twist at the end" info from Poet's.org)

or
-- Using the illustrations above as a prompt, write a poem about empathy.


Each Leaf

Some people leave a mark
on trunks of trees.
The famous leave their mark
on all the leaves.

-- By Jennifer Young

22 comments:

  1. These are great, Jennifer. My absolute favorite is your epigram. I can see that written in the front of books for years to come. It's wonderful!

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    1. Thank you Catherine. That's so nice of you to say. I really enjoyed reading your poems. What a fun contest (very challenging for me I have to admit)

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  2. Jennifer, your poems are awesome! Your are so creative. Good Luck with the rest of your challenge.

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    1. Thank you for the kind words Cheryl. And thanks for the luck, I'm going to need it - everyday they are getting harder. :)

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  3. Very creative. I loved reading them one after the other even though I've read them individually each day. Their second reading was just as special.

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    1. Thank you for reading them all over again. So nice of you to visit!!

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  4. Good going, Jennifer. I like the epigram too. Those are tough to write! Dorothy Parker and Ogden Nash have some great ones, and Oscar Wilde of course.

    (Pssst. Typo in epigram: "trunks")

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    1. Haha thank you Renee! And thanks for sharing the poets to check out. You're the best!!!

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  5. Great poems, Jennifer! I love reading them in a row - good idea to group them in one post! I'm looking forward to the E - H!

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    1. Thank you so much Lori. I can't wait to read yours too!

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  6. I've been reading your poems over and over again, trying to decide which I like better. I say they all are first prize notables. Then, when I look again, your epigram is great! Ooh but so is the Castle Cracks, love it! No, wait! The Birthday Suit...
    Nope, can't decide.

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    1. Haha, thank you so much Pam, what a compliment!! *blushing*
      Can't wait to check out yours later :)

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  7. Wow! How talented are you!?!?

    These are great!

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    1. You're so sweet, thank you Kelley!!

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  8. Jen, I'm glad that you decided to take part in the challenge. I've been enjoying your poems! I second Pam.

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    1. Rena, that means a lot to me. You are so great to put this challenge together. Love being one of your students!!

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  9. Very nice. (Fun to get them all in one post. With all the A to Z posts everywhere, I'm swimming in the alphabet). I look forward to your next installments.

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    1. I hear ya Stacy. It was easier for me to do it this way too. Thanks so much for yor support and checking out my poems. :)

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  10. I'm impressed. All of those poem from prompts. Well done! Birthday Suit is my favorite.
    A2ZMommy and What’s In Between

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    1. Thank you Tracy, so glad you enjoyed them. The prompts are excellent, right?! My critique parnter Julie Rowan-Zoch is so talented and Rena's husband did the three piggies one.

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  11. Nice job Jennifer! I loved your epigram--but I think I liked "Castle Cracks" the best. So perfectly describes how I feel when I look in the mirror some days!!! LOL

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    1. Thanks Natalie! Castle cracks was the easiest to write since feel exactly that these days! Haha

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