Pat Lewis introduced the world to his new poetry form, the “zeno” on Monday at The Miss Rumphius Effect. It is a mathematical pattern featuring syllables of 8-4-2-1-4-2-1-4-2-1 with an “abcdefdghd” rhyme scheme.
Timing is everything. This week with parent teacher conferences and that spooky holiday tomorrow, it provided opportunity to play with the form.
I worked with three classes, two fourth grade classes and one fifth grade class. After sharing the examples of Lewis’ poems, each group thought of rhyming words, and counted syllables while writing down lines and revising. Here are their efforts(with thanks to Pat Lewis for a first line idea):
Ms Padden’s fifth grade class:
One dark, windy night, too frightful
cheers from monsters
when they come out
they are coming
Mr. Baker’s fourth grade class:
A dark windy night so frightful
Bats fill the sky
black cats stalk prey
Mrs. Fisher’s Class:
A dark windy night so frightful!
sweet trick or treat
Found it helpful to have the students begin with a list of rhyming words to begin.
My own zeno is here. Poetry Friday is hosted by Jennie at Bibliofile.