Greetings, Bronzeville Classical Friends! In our nine weeks together, Bronzeville Classical students have written so many different kinds of poems broaching all different kids of topics. I don’t really believe in poetry “experts” (the best poets are always learning, in my opinion) but these students know a lot more about poetry now. In that vein, last week we tackled the ever-timely ars poetica, the name for a poem that is about the craft of poetry. Take a look below at students’ revelations and conclusions about how it feels to be a poet.
Ms. Schuch’s 9:45 class, 3rd grade
a poem is…by Parker D.
my feelings have the best of me
but the rest is my body. a poem
is beautiful as a sky full of
stars. a poem is as beautiful as
me! a poem is love with sadness.
a poem strings people together
a poem is speaking from my soul
Ms. Schuch’s 12:45 class, 3rd grade
Advice for Poets by Zoe
Feel the power inside your
body. When your bully comes out
write and write, express your mind
Ars Poetica by Arlo
You can erase the
poem, but not the ideas sheet
you can crumple the poem
but not the ideas sheet
you can rip the poem but not the ideas
because they are key
you can destroy anything anything but the ideas
Ms. Siudock’s 1:45 class, 4th grade
Ars Poetica by Marisol Y.
Writing a poem is hard
Writing a poem is like taking a test
Writing a poem is like reading a chapter book
I just don’t have ideas
I try hard
I try my best to write
I can’t think of one now