Poet Study

Create a "Smore" Page About a Poet


You will create a "Smore" page (like this one) about a poet of your choice. A list of possibilities can be found at the bottom of this page. Your own "Smore" page will include the following:

  • 6-word memoir as the subtitle to your page
  • A short biographical profile of your poet (make sure to cite the website(s) where you found your information
  • A photo/image of your poet
  • Links to four poems by your author
  • A poetry analysis paragraph for each poem (that's four paragraphs)

How to Write the Biographical Profile

  • Introductory sentence: What is he/she known for in the poetry world? (1-2 sentences)
  • Early life of the poet (1-2 sentences)
  • What makes him/her famous as a poet? (2-3 sentences)
  • Death and/or legacy (1-2 sentences)
  • Source of information

Check my sample for a model!

How to Write a Poetry Analysis Paragraph

  • Introductory sentence: What's the key thing you want your readers to know about your poem?
  • The content of the poem: What happens in the poem? What makes this poem so important? (2-3 sentences)
  • Literary devices: Point out 2-3+ literary devices in the poem that the poet uses well and explain the effect of these devices. (2-3 sentences)
  • Final sentence: Wrap up the paragraph with a final statement about the theme and impact of the poem.

Check my sample for a model!

Possible Poets

To choose your poet, visit poetryfoundation.org or poets.org and spend some time browsing--just make sure you choose one that has at least four poems. If you have another poet not listed there, confirm your choice with Mrs. P. (Althought I love Dr. Seuss and Shel Silverstein, they, along with equivalent poets, will not be accepted for this assignment.)

You can also download a fun poetry searcher app. I have it on my ipad, but you can download it to your phone for a "wheel of fortune" type of searching. More info here: http://www.poetryfoundation.org/mobile/

Possible Poets:


Finishing Up the Assignment

When you've finished, save and publish your page. Then copy and paste the URL to the assignments page on Google Classroom.

Need a place to start? Try one of the poets below.