Rebecca Mazzone 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Poetry must rhyme. There are no rules to poetry Poetry is never difficult to read or understand. All poems contain a deep meaning. Poems are always beautiful. The purpose of all poetry is to express an emotion. FICTION: Poetry does not have to rhyme, but it can. Here is one example of a non-rhyming poem… “The Sun” When I see the sun And its beautiful brightness Surrounding me in the morning, I cannot help but smile. FICTION: However, there is only one real rule to poetry. It is that poetry must have some sort of line break. This just means that it cannot look like a paragraph. For example… I was playing one day in the bright sunlight. VS. I was playing one day In the bright sunlight. FICTION: Although it usually depends on the poem and the person reading the poem, most would agree that some poems are difficult to read and/or understand. FICTION: Some poems are simple and straightforward. “My Cat” I have a cat. My cat is very fat. His name is Pat. Pat sat on a rat. And now that rat is flat. FICTION: Although beauty is a matter of opinion, not all poems are meant to be beautiful. For example… “Class Gas” by Kenn Nesbitt There's gas in the class; it's completely my fault, and smells like a chemical weapons assault. So try to remember this lesson from me: Don't take off your shoes in class after P.E. To read some more silly poetry, click here. FICTION: Poems can express an emotion, but they can also tell a story. For an example, click this button and read the poem on attached to the 4th statement. My predictions… Number of Statements Missed 3 or more 2 1 0 0 1 2 3 Number of students 4 Anybody can write them. Anybody can read them. They can tell a story. A poem can express an emotion. Poetry is fun!