‘I took a trip to Harvard in July.’ Iambic Pentameter Parts 1 & 2

In two class periods we focused on the Shakespearean Sonnet and iambic pentameter. In his Sonnet #127,  William Shakespeare muses on beauty and its perception as a ‘currency’ in the modern world: ‘In the old age, black was not counted fair.” Students took some time to experiment with iambic pentameter and rhyme scheme. Below are some examples.

Lesson Note: A strict form, such as the Shakespearean Sonnet, might actually allow for creativity rather than hinder it. When we learn the form, we appreciate more the breaking of that same form.

Mrs. Nazimek, 8th Grade
Group 2

Sergio B.

The clock is ticking, time is running out.
You get the ball and wi-ld crowd shouts.

Alexa V.

The sun was hot o it seem it burns.
Even today the rainy weather turns.

Brianna A.

The people had fun at the carnival
They got hurt and went to the hospital.

Mrs. Nazimek, 8th Grade
Group 1

Jose L.

The game is Fortnite Snipe kills like for you.
Knowing I’m like a Ninja no one can beat me.

Solmariely R.

For he’s the one that makes me feel alive.
He let’s me know that I am able to strive.

Mrs. Nazimek, 8th Grade
Group 3

Jennifer M.

Outside is where I really love to be.
Its a wonderful place to sit and see.

Couplet & Quatrain
Cassandre N.

I took a trip to Harvard in July
Where I saw landmarks like Old Harvard Yard.
I looked up at the bright blue Boston sky
And knew that my decision wasn’t hard.

I’ll go to Harvard University
And learn how to do neurosurgery.



“Writing poetry makes me feel like I can see myself, like I can see my reflection, but not in a mirror, in the world. I write and I know I can be reflected.”
-Oscar S.

“Writing poetry makes me feel free.”
-Buenda D.

“Writing poetry is like your best friend.”
-Jessica M.