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National Poetry Month – Spanish ideas

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Spanish Playground is a great site packed with ideas, and their latest post is full of ideas for celebrating National Poetry Month – April. (It may not be where you are but I like poetry and any excuse!) I liked their suggestions and was inspired to share a couple of their ideas, and a couple of mine!

I particularly like Idea 6 which suggests using ETTC’s Instant Poetry forms. Once you get the idea of the structure, there’s no need to use the site although I like it for the reminder about structure. I had a go at a few…

A Lune (using the 3 word, 5 word, 3 word structure)

tulips La primavera viene 
Corderos nacen y flores crecen 
Hay vida nueva

A 5W, or in Spanish 5Q poem (each lines answer a question who, what, where, when, why)

Juega con Pato,
En el campo,
Después del cole,
Porque sí.
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A Quinzaine (7 syllables, 5 syllables, 3 syallables = 15 syllables)

icecream Me gusta el helado 
¿Chocolate o 

And a Verb Verse (think of something you do and six verbs that go with that activity.)

Respirar, esforzarse, disfrutar 
Subir , seguir, bajar 
Corriendo en el bosque

I also liked Idea 10, using ReadWriteThink’s Theme poem tool. I used the sun as my inspiration (hopeful, aren’t I?)

I took a screenshot but you can save the poem as a PDF and also share it via email.

Screen Shot 2013-04-09 at 15.52.31An alternative to this would be to write the words in the shape of the subject as a calligram like the cat one below (from here)

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I also like the idea of using Wordle or Tagxedo with poetry, either to create word clouds of existing poems or to give shape to new ones. Here’s an example below that I made using Tagxedo and ‘A Mexican Night before Christmas’

night before

About 18 months ago, I posted about a lovely poem by Gloria Fuentes called Doña Pito Piturra and she has many others that could be used for reciting, learning and also making presentation/slideshows with narration. There’s a link on the Spanish playground post to a PDF of activities too!

I also wrote about the QCA unit La Primavera and taking part of the Antonio Machado poem La Primavera and rewriting it. This would be a simple activity to do as a celebration of National Poetry Month too. We posted our on a Padlet (was called Wallwisher) wall so we could share it with a wider audience.

I’ve found this post about Spanish poetry by Federico García Lorca, Jorge Guillén and Rafael Alberti (for older learners I’d say!) and these are more suitable for younger learners. And this post about using poetry to look at rhyming is also very interesting, using one of my favourite little poems –


Sana, sana,

Colita de rana.

Si no sanas hoy,

sanarás mañana.

And to finish off, as a 15 year old I was captivated by Joan Manuel Serrat singing poems by Antonio Machado so Dedicado a Antonio Machado (Cantares)

5 thoughts on “National Poetry Month – Spanish ideas”

  1. mars bilters says:

    Great site. Just wrote this piem hope you don’t mind me sharing it with you.

    los adoquines de la juderia

    paso a paso lento, por piedra dura
    a las rodillas dolor intenso sin cura
    otro adoquin despues de adoquin
    y el ruidoso sonido del baston
    los adoquines minas de agonia
    tan lejos andar cojo en la lluvia
    ruta dura y explosiva y depresiva
    solo con la agonia y los adoquines
    faroles antiguos de luz oropel
    infierno frio, triste y medieval
    la lluvia mezcla con mis lagrimas
    lagrimon de dolor y depresion
    mojado, sucio, y la cara en charco
    caido, y el baston mio volando,
    el suelo duro golpando el pecho
    y el estatua burlando sin saber
    bronce, manta, sombrero y saludo
    la vuelta a casa a San Bartolome
    mas cojo que normal y muy largo
    cada paso tan duro, por adoquin
    adoquin adoquin, otro adoquin
    piedra muy dura de agonia pura
    el invierno, un infierno de frio
    oscuro, las calles iluminadas
    por una luz fantasmal de oropel
    fijo en todos los pies anteriores
    que han pasado aca por los siglos
    siglos antes de que yo cai solo
    en este sitio de granito arabesco
    parece que he estado aqui antes
    que conozco esta ruta eterna
    esta ruta adoquinada de agonia

  2. Carla says:

    Hi – any idea who wrote the “MEXICAN A Night Before Christmas”?

    1. lisibo says:

      I’m afraid I don’t!
      Lisa x

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