Listen to the Line, Lyric, and Stanza

Today was the first day I worked with the young poets from Ms. Murray’s 5th and 6th grade classes at Perez Elementary School. After playing some games to get to know each other, we read the iconic poem “Chicago” by Carl Sandburg. The main focus of our first day was to learn about the structure of poetry. Specifically, the difference and relationship between lyric, line, and stanza. From today until our last session we will dissect poems by breaking them up into lyrics, lines, and stanzas. We played a game in which the class was divided into 2 teams. Then, I ask the teams to give the lyric or line from a particular part of the poem. For example, I would ask the teams to give me the 1st lyric in the 2nd line of the 3rd stanza. If they got it right their team got a point. The game ended in a tie! Stay tuned for upcoming poems about Chicago for Ms. Murray’s 5th and 6th graders!



“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.