How about writing a poem in the form of a letter? It could be a love letter, a letter of complaint, a thank you letter. Here is an “angry” letter poem that I wrote from Mama Bear to Goldilocks for a collection of fairy tale poems.
You little brat. You little scamp!
You sneaked into our summer camp
And ate my little baby’s bowl
Of porridge, broke his chair, then stole
Upstairs and napped on Baby’s bed.
You ripped the new embroidered spread
His Grammy gave him yesterday.
This time you may have slipped away.
But if you ever come back here,
I’ll grab you, Goldie, by the ear—
And cut off all you curly hair!
You are not welcome!!!!!
Here’s another rhyming letter poem that I wrote and posted previously at Wild Rose Reader:
LETTER FROM THE QUEEN OF BEASTS
Recommended Poetry Books with Letter Poems
I see you
on the rooftop
your beak is red
feathers are blue
they are shining and
reflecting in the moonlight
Written by Arnold AdoffI
llustrated by Lisa Desimini
The Blue Sky Press/Scholastic1997
Here is the last poem from Adoff’s book:
Dear Once Upon A Time:
Your Happy Ending.
CLASSROOM CONNECTION: Writing Letter Poems with Children
- First, share and discuss some letter poems with your students in class.
- Second, talk about reasons why people write letters to each other.
- Third, ask students to think about and suggest the people, animals, elements of nature, or inanimate objects to whom they might consider writing letter poems.
- Fourth, write their responses on chart paper.
- Next, with the help of your students, choose a letter recipient from the list you made and write a collaborative class letter poem on chart paper to that recipient.
- Elicit from your students “things they would like to tell the recipient” in the collaborative letter poem. Copy down students’ responses on the chart paper.
- When you and your students are finished with the rough draft of the poem, read it aloud as a group.
- Leave the poem out for a few days for students to reread. Ask them to think about ways they could improve the poem—by adding lines, eliminating lines, including figurative language, substituting stronger verbs/more expressive words in place of others, etc.
- Discuss suggested changes with students and write a second draft of the collaborative poem on another piece of chart paper.
- Finally, after reading the second draft of the collaborative poem aloud with the class, ask students to write their own letter poems to a person, animal, element of nature, or object of their choice.
One More Thing
Letter Poems Deliver: Experimenting with Line Breaks in Poetry Writing (Read. Write. Think)
At Blue Rose Girls, I have a video of Naomi Shihab Nye reciting a “found” poem she wrote using things that her young son had said. The poem is called One Boy Told Me.
This week at Political Verses, I have to new poetry posts:
Bye-bye, Bybee and Extended Engagement: A Poem by J. Patrick Lewis
Maya has the Maya has the Poetry Friday Roundup at Allegro. at Allegro.