ALPHABET POETRY

  • Created by Paul West
  • Free verse
  • Has a title
  • Uses the familiar ABC’s
  • Focuses on a particular topic chosen by the author/poet
  • Selects words that describe the topic, one for every letter of the alphabet
  • Arranges the words in alphabetical order
  • Poet decides how many words go on each line
  • Poet may use "poetic license" – the word used may not be spelled correctly to fit in the spot, but it sounds like it fits – for example, xceptional could be used for exceptional or xciting for exciting or xit for exit
Example:

Snowflakes

Astonishingly beautiful
Cold, darting
Exciting frost
Graceful heavens
Icy jewels
Keen lace
Majestic needles of pretty, quiet,   
Raining snow
Turning under
Vibrant Winds
Xciting,
yearly
Zany

Student Examples:

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LuAnn Slough and students, Manassas City Public Schools