Poetry: Love/Hate

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Today’s post is based on the mentor text, “I Hate Poetry”, by a Virginia middle school student.  Her poem can be found here (and all the comments that she responded to individually.  The comments tell exactly why she “hates” poetry!).

How do you feel about poetry? 

Which version best matches your experiences?

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Happy Poetry Friday!

( Click here for more info about Poetry Friday.)


  • Read student’s poem.
  • Studied the rhyme scheme.
  • Jotted down some ideas to include.
  • Decided that I wanted definite stanzas (so drafting outside of WordPress).
  • Used the student’s ideas for the first stanza.
  • Decided to repeat part of the first stanza in the closing stanza.
  • Drafted, revised, drafted!



10 responses

  1. I love this mirror type poem set. I fall under the category of hate (or strong dislike). Poetry does not come easy for me. I don’t know why I keep putting my picture book manuscripts in it. The last one I spent 3 weeks, several hours a day. It was so tedious. It still flopped. I enjoy reading poetry more than writing it. Even reading it has been an acquired taste for me. Poetry Friday has pushed me to read and to review more poetry anthologies and collections. It is far less intimidating now.

    1. Poetry . . . so many forms and shapes. Never easy but YET a different way to express feelings, thoughts and stories! I still like funny poems the best!

  2. In high school I had a wonderful experience, a great teacher who showed us many kinds of poetry, let us go. I guess from hearing about others’ experience, I was fortunate. I love these two poems, side by side, a lesson for teachers?

    1. Linda,
      I had combinations of teachers. Lenses that I always like to use are: My student experiences that would be worthy of repeating/recreating and My student experiences that no student should ever have to endure! Always lessons to be learned from reflection! Thanks for reading and commenting!

  3. I love this pair! I think it will be a perfect mentor text for opinion writing, too!

    1. Yes! So true! Thanks!

  4. I’ve had both experiences, but fortunately, most have been on the like poetry side. Maybe because I wrote poetry for myself (and blocked out any school experiences I may not have liked). Now when I struggle with form, it’s because I choose to learn from the experience rather than because a teacher says I have to.

  5. amyludwigvanderwater | Reply

    I loved reading that student’s poem too…and what you did with it is supercool. Did you share this with her? A great poem for all of us who teach. xxxx

    1. Yes, wordpress is blocked at Michelle’s school so I emailed it and also went back and linked in the comments! Fun to play!!!

  6. […] On page 5 my poem sits. My inked signature, scrawled across the words, lines barely discernible, requires repetition to be read with any accuracy, and even then does it make as much sense as when it was written. What’s my take on poetry? Remember these models: I Hate Poetry. I Love Poetry. (LINK) […]

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