Creating a sound poem
Write a poem about an event - a carnival, festival, a party, a
school fair, or a parade. Think about the last time you were at
a big enjoyable event with lots going on.
What are people saying? You might hear people cheering, laughing
or gasping in amazement.
What other sounds might they be making? What other sounds can you
hear? Natural sounds like wind or water: or manmade sounds, like
music. What about background sounds like cars going past or glasses
Now you can use some of your ideas and turn them into a poem that
tells your reader what it was like at the event by describing the
sounds that you heard there.
Make sure that you use some onomatopoeia in your poem - words
that sound like what they are.
Find some words that make a good rhythm when you put them
together. (Can you make up a line that sounds like the beat
of a festival band as they pass on a float in the parade?)
Try to use alliteration: look for words that have similar
Decide if you want to include some noisy sounds and some quieter
ones, for a poem of contrasts, or if you just want a REALLY
Download our worksheets on writing poems
These links are to PDF documents. You will need to have Adobe
Acrobat Reader to read these. This is a free program. However,
you should always ask your teacher or parent if you do not have
it installed on your computer.
Write a poem
about the Tournament (see Kids' Castle) and
Write a Scary
Poem with personification.
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