Flower power poetry

Activity

Using flowers for inspiration, listen to some famous flower poems. Write a poem about a flower to extend pupils vocabulary as well as discovering different types of poetry.

  • Estimated time: 30 minutes
  • Location: Outdoors & Indoors
  • School term: All year round
  • Level of experience: No experience needed
  • Subject(s): English

Learning objectives

  • Listen to some poetry inspired by flowers.
  • Create a simple poem based on flowers or older pupils could write an acrostic poem with letters of a plant name.

Essential background information

Preparation

Make sure there are flowers in the garden or buy bunches or pots of flowers.
Research some famous flower poems e.g. Wordsworth ‘I wandered lonely as a cloud’ and examples of acrostic poems.

Equipment needed

  • Access to garden with flowers or bring in some pots of flowers
  • Magnifying glass to look closely at flowers 
  • Examples of poems based on flowers and acrostic poems
  • Pencils/ pens
  • Paper/ literacy books
  • Flower Structure Diagram

Step by step

  1. Choose a flower that interests you and spend some time thinking of words to describe the flower – the way it moves in the wind, smells, feels, its colour. Make these into flowery alliterations, use the same vowel sounds or experiment with onomatopoeias.
  2. Write a simple poem based on the flower. This could be a cinquain (2,4,6,8,2 syllables) a haiku (5,7,5) a shape or Kennings poem (several 2 word metaphors that describe a noun without revealing what it is).
  3. For an acrostic poem, write the flower name vertically down a piece of paper, with the letters in the middle of the page. Think of different lines of the poem including one of the letters of the flower name. For example, dandelion

      Wind
          carry 
    cotton
   threads
    oracle
          clocks,
          pick 
        one
        now

Younger pupils can work in a group with the teacher writing down the pupils' descriptions.

Hints & tips

For flower poems search the internet or try the following:

  • The RHS Treasury of Garden Verse
  • Use this activity as part of Flower Power class growing topic

We've won awards!

Winner of the Drum Marketing Awards 2017
Winner of the ERA 2017 awards
Winner of the Third Sector 2017 awards