Marileta Robinson

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The Tub

For this poem, I used another poem as a MODEL: “Rub-a-dub-dub, Three Men in a Tub.” Then I gave it my own humorous twist. Pick a short, familiar poem. Use it as a model to write a poem of your own.

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Can’t Complain

I once saw a man who looked as if he had just come from the hospital. He had a broken leg, and his arm was in a cast. But when someone asked him how he was, he said, “Oh, can’t complain.” If you wanted to complain, what would be on your LIST? Make a poem […]

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Thank You Not(e)

It’s polite to write a THANK-YOU NOTE, but what can you say about a pea-green scratchy sweater that smells like a sheep? Can you imagine a horrible gift and what you would say about it in a thank-you note?

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Good Advice

Can you guess where I got the idea for this poem? It wasn’t an elephant, but an elephant-size truck in front of me, going very slow. I decided that there was no use getting mad, so I made the best of the situation and wrote a poem. What good ADVICE would you like to give […]

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Tenderfoot

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Prickly Mr. Porcupine

  Click on the arrow to hear the poem read by the author.

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A Spider

I’ve never been one to kill spiders. It may have something to do with reading Charlotte’s Web. My attitude toward spiders in my house is “live and let live,” especially since they catch other bugs that might be less welcome. But my tolerance has its limits. I used  EXAGGERATION to imagine what animals I wouldn’t […]

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Buggy

As you might imagine, almost all of these poems are based on real-life observations. Writing a poem is a good way to deal with overwhelming experiences, and I was clearly overwhelmed by this insectivorous invasion. REPETITION is a good tool to use for emphasis; note the repetition of “bugs, bugs,” and “they’ve come, they’ve come, […]

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Limerick

LIMERICKS are fun to try. The rhythm goes something like this: (for lines 1, 2, and 5) da da DUM da da DUM da da DUM. (For lines 3 and 4) da da DUM da da DUM. It’s ok to drop or add a “da” at the beginning or end of a line, as I […]

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Unendangered

The TITLE plays an important part in your poem. It can catch the reader’s eye and make him or her decide to read your poem. It can also help get across the point of the poem. With so few words to work with, the title can be important real estate. So don’t just slap a […]

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