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A Kick in the Head: An Everyday Guide to Poetic Forms

by Paul B. Janeczko

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In my opinion this was a really great book to introduce poetry. I loved how engaging each poem was, in that it showed an example, but then also included descriptive words that aimed to inform us about each type of poetry. I also really enjoy how the poems are not too simple but are able to be understood by many ages. In addition, the poems address many different emotions and can appeal to a variety of feelings. “Tiger, tiger, burning bright in the forests of the night, what immortal hand or eye could frame thy fearful symmetry?” Finally, I loved the watercolor illustrations that showed contrast and colorful designs. The images and texts were well thought out, and the book serves as a unique experience for all readers. ( )
  Jfranchak | Oct 30, 2017 |
This is an enjoyable and informational book that's a wonderful resource for students and educators. It contains 29 different poetic forms. For each form, there are one or two selected poems. Although it's an informational book that explains the different forms, the poems themselves are the main act and fill most of the page, along with Raschka's watercolor, ink, and torn paper illustrations. At the bottom of the page, there is a brief note that explains the poetic form. The author suggests reading the poem, then reading the note, then rereading the poem to see how it follows or departs from the form. More information about each poetic form can be found in the back of the book.

This would be a welcome addition to any classroom or school library. Teachers can use it as a resource to deepen their understanding of poetry or during a poetry unit. Students, 2nd/3rd grade and up, can use it to independently explore the world of poetry. ( )
  CathyInWA | Jul 17, 2017 |
This book is about different poetic forms. It helps beginners see poetry. I liked this book because it helped me learn about the different types of poetry besides rhyming. The reading levels for this book is second grade through fourth.
  ShaneKadrmas | May 5, 2017 |
This is a great book for teaching poetry. there are a ton of different types pomes in this book. The best part of this book is that each pome tells you how to write the pome. ( )
  Skelly29 | May 4, 2017 |
This book contains 55 pages of various poetic forms. Each page is labeled with the type of poem, definition, and an example of each type by various authors. This is a great resource for teaching poetry.
  scoomber | May 3, 2017 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0763606626, Hardcover)

From the simplest couplet to the mind-boggling pantoum, the award-winning team behind A POKE IN THE I shows us the many fascinating ways poetic forms take shape.


Please
Open this book for something
Extraordinary.
Twenty-nine different poetic forms await you
Inside these pages. How many
Can you master?

From sonnets to double dactyls,
Odes to limericks—
Raschka and Janeczko (and a frisky mule)
Make learning the rules of poetry
So much fun!

In this splendid and playful volume, acclaimed poetry anthologist Paul B. Janeczko and Caldecott Honor illustrator Chris Raschka present lively examples of twenty-nine poetic forms, demonstrating not only the (sometimes bendable) rules of poetry, but also the spirit that brings these forms so wonderfully to life. Featuring formal poems, some familiar and some never before published, from the likes of Eleanor Farjeon (aubade), X. J. Kennedy (elegy), Ogden Nash (couplet), Liz Rosenberg (pantoum), and William Shakespeare, the sonnet king himself, A KICK IN THE HEAD perfectly illustrates Robert Frost's maxim that poetry without rules is like a tennis match without a net.

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From the simplest couplet to the mind-boggling pantoum, the award winning team behind 'A Poke in the I' shows readers the many fascinating ways poetic forms take shape.

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