English Poetry Assignment

Section 3 Assignment


At this point, you have several good starts for poems to submit for this assignment. You have a two-to-three sentence “poetryâ€Â moment from your journal assignment. You have your address to your muse, which may form the basis for a prose poem a free verse, or even a lyric. What you must do now is revise, and make sure you are meeting the criteria for each type of poem.


Write three poems, one in each of the following formats, and submit them for evaluation.

Be sure to pay attention to the assignment’s criteria for each kind of poem. For full marks, you need to make sure you follow specified length requirements and all other directions for each type. One of your poems will be the five senses poem you have already written and revised once.

1. Prose Poem:

Remember that although prose poems do not have line breaks, they still use all the poetic devices available. You can include metaphor and simile, and sound devices such as metre, repetition, alliteration, rhyme of any kind (internal, near rhyme, etc.). A prose poem shouldn’t be “prosaic (having the style or diction of prose).

Length requirement: Your prose poem should be between 125 – 175 words.

Use concrete, descriptive language. Use sensory images.

Use a minimum of three poetic devices (at least one should be a figurative device, and

one should be a sound device).

2. Lyric:

A lyric is a short poem that conveys an emotion. The key with lyrics is to keep your poem focused on one emotion, one experience. Sound devices are key in these poems. Your lyric may also be a song.

Length requirement: Your lyric should be 1/2–3/4 of a page long (at least ten lines).

Use concrete, descriptive language. Use sensory images.

Use at least three poetic devices (at least one should be a figurative device, and at least

two should be sound devices. Lyrics use many sound devices).

3. Free Verse:

You may write on whatever topic or experience you wish. Your guidelines for writing a free verse poem are:

Length requirement: Your prose poem should be between 175–200 words, but longer is acceptable. Don’t go over two pages.

Use concrete, descriptive language. Use sensory images.

Use at least three poetic devices (at least one should be a figurative device, at least one

should be a sound device).

While each poem must demonstrate at least three poetic devices, they can’t each use the same three! You must demonstrate at least six different poetic devices overall.

If you wish to write a formal poem (for example, a sonnet) for this assignment, consult your teacher.

Tip 1: In every poem, make sure your central idea is clear. We always hope to have gained some knowledge by the end of the poem, to learn something we didn’t know before we started reading. A good test for this is to read your title at the beginning, and then again at the end: do you feel or know something different about the title after you’ve read the poem through? If not, examine your poem for opportunities to make the idea more clear.

Tip 2: If you’ve kept an inspiration book, you might want to share any image(s) that inspired you to write your poem.

4. Drafts:

You will have written your sense poem (Lesson B, A Sensory Tour) in one of the three forms here, or another form with criteria provided by your teacher. Submit your rough draft, your revised draft, and your final draft of this poem (that’s three drafts) for this assignment. For your other two poems, submit your final drafts only.

TIP: Swallow your own poem. Try going through and filling out your “How to Swallow a Poemâ€Â steps from Section 1, Lesson A: Listening with your own draft poem. This can alert you to what’s working or not in your draft.

Evaluation Guidelines


Prose Poem, Lyric Poem, and Free Verse Poem Scoring Guides X 2 for each poem (8 marks X 3)


A total of six different poetic devices are used in all poems


A first draft of a sensory poem is present


A revised draft of the sensory poem has been provided, showing substantial changes.


A final draft of the sensory poem has been provided demonstrating a polished product.


Total Marks


There is also a part where you need to write a sensory poem. These are the guidlines for that.


Write a poem with concentration on the senses. Include at least one reference to four out of the five senses. (so at least one sight image, sound image, taste image and touch image, for example.)

Remember, you do not need to state “I smelled, I saw, I heard” in your poem to include sensory imagery! In fact, you should avoid such direct language at all costs. It’s more effective to let the reader/listener experience the sensory images. Consider the tuna sandwich in “Timing Your Run.” The poem doesn’t say “You smelled a tuna sandwich,” but you, the reader, recall the scent as you read or listen.
Length requirement: Your poem should be 1/2 – 3/4 of a page long.Â
Use at least three poetic devices (try a mixture of figurative devices and sound devices – some metaphor and simile, as well as internal rhymes and onomatopoeia, for example).

TIP: Avoid passive and general language! Use concrete, descriptive language throughout. One good way to do this is to try writing your poem without using the verb “to be.” For example, if your poem was about a swimming hole, instead of writing “There was a smell of pond,” you might write “the cool, deep green pool reached my nose.”

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