Lee Bennett Hopkins, please

Poetry Friday percolates perfectly at READING TO THE CORE this week.

It is a good week at Bookseedstudio.
With permission from generous educator and poet,
Lee Bennett Hopkins,
some of his words on poetry are here today.

Also gathered today are
three recent poetry links,
important to me. They appear after
the words from LBH.

Lee Bennett Hopkins, briefly, on the Poet, on Poetry

A poet is, in the narrowest sense, a maker of verses.
A poet is also imaginative in thought, expressive in
language, and graceful in form.

Good poetry is imaginative. It deals with emotion and has
significance beyond the act of creation. It uses figurative
language, yet is compact in thought and expression. Good
poetry has an element of beauty and truth which appears
unstable outside of the poem.

Poetry both predates and transcends the written word.
It is the rhythmic expression of imaginative thoughts
about our world and its people. –
Lee Bennett Hopkins

I will dwell with those thoughts this weekend.

The awards for the winner and honor books
in the 2016 Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award for Children
were given this week at Penn State.
The Honor Books are
MY SENECA VILLAGE by Marilyn Nelson
HYPNOTIZE A TIGER by Calef Brown
with Winner,
ENCHANTED AIR by magical poet Margarita Engle.
These winning titles shine like moonbeams on my reading list.

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Three links, promised above, are

A Sept. 19, 2016 online celebration of LBH,
where he shares a bit about his 2017
title due from Lee & Low.

A septercet poem, attempted. The
septercet is a classy form
originated by wondrous Jane Yolen.

An explainer of the septercet form,
as covered at TODAY’s LITTLE DITTY,
treasured blog that is celebrating
septercet creator Jane Yolen
this very month. Look sharp,
the septercet challenge is offered
near the end of the informative
post.

This very week here in Florida,
I presented assemblies
to about 80 attentive
4th graders & also to their pals,
about 100 attentive 5th graders.
I snuck in a little poetry appreciation,
too, although the talk was about
non-fiction research
& writing, of the
non-poetry flavor.

Finally, here I am back at Poetry Friday.
Yes, a good week.

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13 thoughts on “Lee Bennett Hopkins, please

  1. Your post is filled with good things, all poetry, Jan. I enjoyed this about poems from Lee Bennett Hopkins: “significance beyond the act of creation”, speaks to me! I loved the skyping we did with him last week at Highlights-wise words all! Thank you!

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  2. Jan, what a wonderful post! And the definitive description of poetry from LBH is truly something to ponder through our days, isn’t it.
    I’m so glad you were sharing with students this week. You are perfect for that job!
    The septercet is a fun challenge isn’t ti? I love the way you took those wonderful words and fit them into the pattern.
    Hugs and hi-fives to you.

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    • Linda, The keen words of LBH seem to be connecting with so many. I very much appreciate your time reading the septercet, especially with your bizee pace there at home & in school. Hugs & hand-claps back at ‘ya!

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  3. Your septercet thrills me, Jan! Thank you for sharing the quotes from Lee Bennett Hopkins. I especially love these lines: Poetry is “the rhythmic expression of imaginative thoughts about our world and its people.” Exactly.

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