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If……. Little Word, Big Meaning


If you can keep your head when all about you

are losing theirs and blaming it on you;

If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,

but make allowances for their doubting too.....

The start of one of my favourite poems, by Rudyard Kipling. And I can even forgive him for referring to men only! Well, just about...

Have found a brilliant poetry website for children, called Man in the Moon. It has loads of good stuff, games, exciting websites, interviews and silly jokes. Look out for the cat, pacing up and down like Einstein waiting for an idea or inspiration.

And if you click through, you will find an excellent description of, and ways to use, similes and metaphors.

The rhyming pattern and way poems are written, help to make them easily remembered. From the start of language development, children recite the pattern, later they remember nursery rhymes and games.

In Shakespeare, we find the use of the iambic pentameter, the most common metrical form in English poetry, as in the first line of Richard the Third,' Now is the winter of our discontent'. All to do with the number of syllables, stressed and unstressed. Rhythm being measured in small groups of syllables, called feet. 'Iambic' describes the type of foot and 'pentameter' means a line has five feet.

Maybe there is a poem that you keep in your head, like a story you keep in a book.

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