Hugs and High-fives to Catherine at:
Reading to the Core for hosting today's Poetry Friday Round-up.
Sometimes, at the close of a weekend, when I've read as many PF blog posts as I can get to, I think: What on earth will I share next week?
I have to laugh at myself because....
A. Poetry Friday is voluntary...I enjoy PF no one is forcing me.
B. Poetry Friday can be as simple as thought, or idea
By Monday or Tuesday....I have a flicker of an idea and start thinking about how to share it. Usually, it's a piggy-back idea from another PF friend or something I see in social media.
Yesterday, I encountered this tweet:
I thought I'd give this exercise a try. I searched for poems that I would use with middle school students.
Choosing two poems, for a poetry lover/writer, is like choosing outfits for a family portrait. Do I go with matchy-matchy? Or, complementary colors, or matching tops of varied colors? Maybe we should all wear white shirts, blue jeans and show bare feet. Decisions, decisions!
I chose these two beloved poems,
Poem 1: Introduction to Poetry by Billy Collins
Poem 2: Truth Serum by Naomi Shihab Nye
I sat myself down and started reading and doodling and thinking. I had to read the poems out loud (which I don't often do ....even though you're suppose-ta'). I counted lines and stanzas and looked for sameness in the differences. I collected some of my doodles in a Venn diagram. I put it away for a day and pulled it out again. The thing about this activity is that you can find something each time you look. It's fun and I learned a thing or two....definitely more than if I had re-read each of these poems alone without the idea of comparing and contrasting them.
I'll bet you can find more than I captured in an early diagram. What comparisons and contrasts do you see?
What two poems will you choose for comparison? I'd love to know.
Have a poetry filled week.