The Instant Poetry Forms website allows students to select the type of poems that they want to create, type in a few words, and generate poetry. Now, I know that this website doesn't give a complete overview of all that poetry can be (isn't that a daunting task?) but it does give reluctant writers a great starting point. These poems can be altered with the addition of figurative language, strong verbs, more imagery during the revision process, to make them sound less manufactured. This website would also be great for younger learners who are just starting out with poetry. This website also deserves some recognition for introducing students to a variety of poetic forms--not just standard rhymed couplets. I personally recommend the William Carlos Williams tribute that spoofs "This Is Just to Say."
Jessica Pilgreen is a high school English teacher, a Piasa Bluffs Writing Project fellow, and a technology enthusiast. The main purpose of this blog is to help her keep track of all of the fabulous tools out there that she has encountered, but if she can help a few others along the way, that's good, too.