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Listen to their games of jump rope, hopscotch, one-potato-two-potato, and Red Rover and you will hear a lyrical litany of joyful patterns of poetic rhythm and rhyme. Those sounds are a natural part of a child’s world and of their early celebrations of life.
It is no wonder then, why children prefer poetry that contains those musical elements. From nursery rhymes to the longer ballads, patterns of rhythm, meter and rhyme are essential ingredients in children’s favourite poems.
One of the most popular patterns is the couplet. Couplets have two lines that rhyme. Here are five couplets from poems in Tickle Day: Poems From Father Goose by Charles Ghigna.
from Little Daddy Longlegs
from Turtle Trouble
from Tomorrow's My Birthday
from Nature's Shows
from It's Snow Wonder
It's snow wonder that we cheer
Here is a poem that has four couplets from my Halloween Night.
Pumpkins On Guard
On the porch and in the yard,
Looking friendly, looking mean,
Orange faces burning bright
Tercets are another popular pattern. Tercets have three lines. Here is a poem with two tercets from Halloween Night.
With warts on her nose
With covers pulled tight
The ballad stanza is also one of the most popular forms of poetry for children. A ballad stanza is a group of four-lines. That group is called a stanza. The ballad stanza has a rhyme at the end of line number two and line number four.
Here are three poems that have ballad stanzas. The first poem has three ballad stanzas. The last two poems have two. The first two poems are from Tickle Day, the last poem is from Halloween Night.
The Bee Poem
A poem is a busy bee
His honey comes from your ideas
When it's time to let him out
A Poem Is A Little Path
Follow it and trust your way
I'd rather be kooky than spooky,
The if-you-were poem is a simple, fun poem that everyone can write. It invites you to compare (metaphor) yourself to something and to compare your friend to something else. Here are three if-you-were poems from my book If You Were My Valentine.
If you were a shining star
If you were a grand piano
If you were the pages of a book
Kids love riddles and riddles love kids! Riddle rhymes are poems that have a riddle. The answer to the riddle is at the end of the poem. These riddle poems are created by using the ballad stanza. Here are three of my riddle rhymes.
I fly above the tallest trees.
I play among the passing clouds.
I like the gusty month of March.
The Everlasting Light
I shine forever free.
You'll find me way up in the sky,
I am the biggest yard of all,
I am the place called outer space,
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