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I write children's poetry and I assure you that it is one of the things that amuses me the most in my day to day life. Poetry can arise, according to my experience, from a daily situation or from an express search, but I agree with the Spanish poet José Hierro, "poetry is written when it wants to."
I always carry in my bag, as there is always on my bedside table, a pen and a notebook where I write down any idea that comes to mind, an inspiration that will almost certainly turn into new poetry later.
Since writing poetry I have become very observant, any situation that previously went unnoticed can now be enormously inspiring.
It may happen that I am in the garden of my house and suddenly, as happened one afternoon, I see a little bird trapped behind a wire fence and, from there comes my poem "The Trapped Bird", or to be lying in the sand on the beach and see a small crab, a seagull, a squirrel, a cloud, a flower and, from there, invent a beautiful story. Nature inspires me without a doubt.
On other occasions I have to write to order, this is the case of my work for textbook publishers or some educational platform in which they tell me about what topics I should do poetry, in these cases I need more hours of work and concentration.
In the case of personalized poems, they tell me about the children and, based on that information, I make up a poem for them. In summary:
1- The idea is born, the inspiration.
2 - Preparation of the idea, You can change a lot from what was the initial.
3- Work the rhyme. I usually make assonance rhymes and consonants and usually eight syllables and, it is not a matter of putting any word that sounds good but of looking for the ideal word that supports the message I want to convey.
4 - Review the orthography.
- I always try to use a clear and simple language for children to understand poetry, something that I think is essential for them to develop a taste for verses and, of course, I take into account the age of the children to whom it is addressed.
- When I write funny poetry I am visualizing them and the first to have fun is me, that's why I'm so happy writing for children.
- Reading poetry to our children is motivating because of the emotional bond that is created by both parties. Must choose poems that interest you and get their attention to get caught up in the rhymes. We can play games, sing, do tongue twisters, everything will be welcome to have a good time.
Imagine we have to invent a poetry that rhymes with the names of the children and, at the same time, be personalized. We can ask them to write, for example, their name, the fruit they like the most and their favorite color and, on that, invent a little poem for each child. For example:
Ana likes pears and their color is blue.
Gala likes apples and her color is red.
We meet to go to the park
and while Ana waits for me,
the blue tie has been stained
with the juice of a pear.
a little worm has appeared,
and when biting it has turned red
and has come out screaming.
Between all of them, very funny rhymes can come out. To finish I leave you another phrase by José Hierro, Spanish poet, (1922-2002)
"Rhythm is what makes poetry persuasive and not informative."
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