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A Poem For Mom: Write a Complex Poem for your Mother

teacher avatar Elizabeth Dean, Poetry and Writing Instructor

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There is no better way to show appreciation for your mother than to write her a beautiful poem! Create the perfect present in thirty minutes or less.

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Elizabeth Dean

Poetry and Writing Instructor


Hello, I'm Elizabeth. I'm a poetry enthusiast and a teacher. I have taught for 4 years. I love to meet new people and new ideas!

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1. A Poem For Mom: Welcome to a point for Mom. Make the perfect gift in under 30 minutes. I'm Elizabeth Dean, and I'm going to be showing you how to make a point for Mom. Why a point? Poetry is the best way to express an idea. It could convey a lot with only a few words. It's beautiful. You can use imagery that references your childhood. You could make it specific for your mother by the structure. You can do all sorts of different things with it. You can make it really, really amazing. And you can't really do that with any other form of literature. I mean, you can maybe with the story, but that's a lot of work, and it's not always at a lot of work. Your mother's worth it, of course, but it's not gonna be is fun to read, but a poem could be read very quickly. It can convey a lot. It's just, in my opinion, the best thing to Dio, and you can personalize it and make it all wonderful for your mother. So probably when you first heard this course name thought Oh, well, that's childish. Well, if gambiae Elish if it really depends on your imagery in your structure and how intentional things are. And I promise nothing will make it more childish than roses are red. Yes, we get it. There's a red. Violets are blue. Everyone knows that there is nothing new you can convey without unless you're gonna change it all around and say roses are more pink. Violets are more purple something, something, something, something. But if you're gonna do something unique with it, that's fine. But But what you want to do is stay away from cliches. Don't talk about how your heart to dove. Don't talk about all these cliche mushy, gushy cliches. Mushy, gushy is find. That's fine, but you want to at least make it personalized, mushy, gushy. So how are you going to choose a good image? Well, here's an idea. You don't have to do this. Of course, you can do it however you want, but my idea is used imagery from a favorite childhood memory. So, for instance, I think back to when my mother used to play with me for hours and point out all the different colors so I might write a poem about what each color means to be and how it reflects something we didn't our childhood like my mother, built me a house on the sunflowers but planting them in the shape of a house. So I might say yellow is the sunflowers on. Go on. From there, you can do whatever you want or of your mother, like the certain animal you can perhaps use. That is imagery, um, from a road like peacocks or sheep or foxes or whatever. You can use that and form it to your mother. So what next? Choose your structure. Try to match it to your mother's personality? No. When I first say that, I know that's pretty confusing. What do I mean? How is that even possible? Well, let me give you some examples. Example. Number one. My mother is very cheerful and hops from subject to subject. I'm going to structure to sound like a bird. This means using short stances and mainly one syllable words. I will also use uneven lines, so each of the little things reflects something different about my mother. If that was my mother, so there were short stanzas. That's kind of how she's on one subject at a time. Short stances, mainly one syllable words like a bird kind of sounds like a bird if you use one syllable words hopping around just the dumb, dumb kind of with each word. But if I dio, I don't know Gregorius that does not sound like a that there's no way you could make that sound like a bird unless you're really skilled. But let's just stick Teoh making it how you like or, um, say you want Teoh, do a horse. You want to have the clip clop sound to write their point so you might use two syllable words and emphasize every other syllable. Like Shakespeare. It used to dio Ah, horse Ah, horse, my kingdom for a horse over and over And it kind of sounds like a horse going clip clop. Clip pop. Well, he used that through all his poetry, but or his plays poetry play. Same Tim difference. Well, we want to our second example. My mother is very focussed and organized, so I'm going to structure my point in a very formal way. This means always use a given pattern. Such a sheet experience on it's all the EU's very even lines and complex words, So you want to do something very structured, very organized to show your mother's organized and very even lines because she does not hot from subject to subject. So you're just gonna want Teoh stay focused and make sure that each Linus similar and organized and focused, just like your mother. Now I'm going to give you an example of three structures or free verse and what each structure could be used for and how you do each one. So our 1st 1 is a Shakespearean sonnet, also called Elizabethan silent or in English on it has many names. This is the traditional A B a B. So, of course, a is has a similar rhyme at the end or in the middle. Let's let's make it a little easier and say at the end, so cat in hat, you might say cat hat and then with this one, use a different rhyme. Of course, So be Lee. I don't know, but and do different ones with all those hopefully will be a little bit more complex than that, but and then the ending couple it is. These standards all have four lines. This last one only has to and expresses the main idea of the point, so you can also do a haiku, which is yes, you probably everyone and their brother knows how to do this. But it's the Japanese point format. 575 and this is really heavily dependent on imagery. And if you want to describe your mother through something she loves, say she loves beaches. You might want to do a poem using a beach imagery. But it's really dependent on what you want to dio. So the last one is an ode. This is a self patrol reform that must have some rhythmic structure and, of course, celebrate something. Now you could celebrate your mother, or you could celebrate something your mother likes, where you could celebrate something, but it really being a metaphor for your mother. But like a sheep, say, well, that that probably insult your mother. So don't don't do a sheet, but say could do a an owl. How an owl is wise, How an owl protects its young, have an owl, does all these different things. And, of course, the owls signifies your mother. You want to have a Britain. That structure doesn't have to really be anything particular, but you do want a rhythm extraction. You want rhymes. The last one, of course, is free verse. This has no rhythmic structure, and it's used to convey raw emotion. So that's why people like it. I personally prefer rhyming poems, but raw emotions great, too. It really does convey aim. Or like this is just on the top of my heart. This is what? How I really feel kind of thing. It doesn't, but you can still make it seem like a raw emotion. So be creative. She will love it. You are her child, and she's gonna love it no matter what we want to make an amazing we want to make it that anyone would love it. But be creative. So thank you for watching. And if you enjoyed this video, you can check out some my other poetry courses, but have a great time and have fun celebrating your mother. Stick around for some extra helpful tips. Here's a little bonus tip. If you're having trouble coming out with ideas, get out a sheet of paper. You can use a computer, but I really strongly recommend a piece of paper and jot down. Everything comes into your mind about your mother. Then circle what you like and try to come out both things from that tip Number two. Run your writing by someone else. While something might sound fantastic at the time, sometimes it doesn't sound so fantastic when you read it out loud. So make sure not only read out loud, but running by someone else. Tip number three, package your point. Okay, so this one might seem a little bit silly, but you don't want to just hand a random sheet of paper to your mother. You can, either, if you're have good handwriting, right On a very pretty stationery you can printed on card stock. Make it into a card. There are so many different ways to do this. But please, please, please don't just hand a random sheet of copy paper to your mother for her birthday or for Mother's Day, or for whatever it is that you're giving her this present for Congratulations. You have made it to the rial end of this course, please like and leave a comment if you enjoyed it. And I hope to see you soon.