Ordinary to Poetic

Oct 26, 2009 by

We also call this activity “Look at a ________ through a poet’s eyes.” Choose a subject. Things from nature or Conch Shellevery day objects work well.  Have students use ordinary words and phrases to describe the subject. Then have them look at the subject in a different way and use metaphor and simile to describe it (Heard, 1999). Here is an example of one that my students did while looking at this conch shell:


Looking Through a Poet's Eyes

Looking at a Shell with Poet’s Eyes:

  • the ocean is reeking [sic] through slowly
  • barnacles growing inside
  • silky texture inside
  • rigid texture outside
  • pink like a pig
  • a bumpy ice cream cone
  • a magic castle