Project #37: Poetry

Explain how the above poem is a metaphor.

Now read the next one.

< > ! * ' ' #
^ " ` $ $ --
! * = @ $ _
% * < > ~ # 4
& [ ] . . /

Try this translation: (other translations exist: instead of "star," "splat" is used)

Waka waka bang star tick tick hash,
Caret quote back-tick dollar dollar dash,
Bang star equal at dollar under-score,
Percent star waka waka tilde number four,
Ampersand bracket bracket dot dot slash,
Pipes curly-bracket comma comma CRASH.

The above poem appeared in the May/June 1990 issue of Infocus Magazine and has since been floating around the net. The original authors were Fred Bremmer and Steve Kroese of Calvin College & Seminary of Grand Rapids, Michigan.
A poll conducted among Infocus readers had established "waka" as the proper pronunciation for the angle-bracket characters < and >, though some readers held out resolutely for "norkies." (source unknown)

I've been using this poem since I started CyberEnglish in 1993,
The WayBack machine has it as of May 07, 1998 on my page.

Codes to write your own.
More Computer inspired poetry

Essay on Nonsense
Further nonsense from Lewis Carroll and examples of portmanteau words.

Lewis Carroll Home Page

Why do we read and write poetry? Let's find out!

Compare and Contrast Exercises

muchly inspired by peggy smith and ncte-talkers
  1. Road Not Taken by Robert Frost with To be, or not to be: that is the question Hamlet.
  2. What Shall He Tell That Son? by Carl Sandburg with Mother To Son by Langston Hughes
  3. C&C Shakespeare's Sonnet I with Donne's The Flea
  4. Dover Beach Matthew Arnold & Dover Bitch by Anthony Hecht
  5. My Papa's Waltz by Theodore Roethke with Elegy for My Father, Who Is Not Dead by Andrew Hudgins
  6. Dirge Without Music by Edna St. Vincent Millay with Do Not Go Gently Into That Good Night by Dylan Thomas
  7. Choices by Nikki Giovanni with The Waking by Theodore Roethke
  8. The Victims by Sharon Olds with Mrs. Charles Bliss by Edgar Lee Masters
  9. Hangman and a quote from Niemoller.
  10. Feed and poems.
  11. Sonnets: "How do I love thee? Let me count the ways..." & Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
  12. Richard Cory
  13. Sonnet 1 Wm Shakespeare
    Write your own Sonnet
  14. In Silence by Thomas Merton

Poetry Opinion essay

You will now give your impression of poetry. What is it? Why do we write it? read it? What is the power of poetry? Use the pair you chose from above with l(a, and <>!*"#(waka waka bang star tick tick hash) to illustrate your point. Be sure to also include a few quotes from secondary resources about poetry to support your own ideas. Conclude with a poem of your own which reflects your thinking.


    Hypertext Eliot & some Chaucer

    Take a look at this poem by TS Eliot,
    Prufrock and see how it is illustrated. Select a poem, yours or someone else's, to illustrate in a similar manner.

    Canterbury Tales ELF

    Passion of Pieces

  • Passion in Pieces Modern film renditions of sonnets: 15, 138, 29, 145, 94

    Class Project:
    Kinds of poetry. Poetry is a universal language. You will be delving into the characteristics of poetry. The following links below will get you started. You will be creating a Poetry Web which defines these types of poetry listed below (and goes beyond what is already stated in links below) and you will provide examples from the masters and of your own. Perhaps a place to start might be the

    Verse Forms
    Dramatic Poem

    Make your own Sonnet from Denise on NCTE-Talk list
    Blank Verse
    Free Verse
    A more detailed list

    Related Links

    African-American Poetry, 1760-1900
    African-American Poetry Unit from Mark Anthony Miazga
    Academy of American Poets
    All-Info Poetry
    Ballads and Songs of America
    Beat Poets
    Concrete - VisualPoetry
    Contemporary Poetry List compiled by Margaret Valentine

      Atwood: Selected Poems II
      Heaney: Opened Ground: Selected Poems 1966-1996
      Dunn: New and Selected: 1974-1994
      Pastan: Carnival Evening:New and Selected 1968-1998
      Oliver: New and Selected
      Hikmet: Poems of Nazim Hikmet: Translated from the
      Turkish by Randy Blasing & Mutlu Konuk
      Kenyon: Otherwise
      Collins: Picnic, Lightning
      Wilbur: New and Collected Poems
      James Wright: Collected Poems
      Charles Wright: The World of Ten Thousand Things: Poems 1980-1990
      Dove: Selected Poems
      Kunitz: Passing Through: The Later Poems
      Plath: Collected Poems (ed. by Ted Hughes)
      Lux: New & Selected Poems: 1975-1995
    CompleteClassics Thousands of classics poets and their works are indexed. You can search, read, and save poems. Online poetry search engine
    Favorite Poem Project or Here
    Giggle Poetry Children's poetry by Meadowbrook Press. Lots of funny poems, poetry contests and more! Ideas for educators on teaching poetry in fun and interesting ways.
    How Lind Williams does poetry
    Hypertext Haiku
    Index of linked poems
    Index of Poets utoronto !!!!
    Interactive Raven by Poe
    Limericks Famous Poems Rewritten as Limericks
    Links to Modern and Contemprary Poetry resources
    Literary Terms Robert Lowell, "The Voice of the Poet"
    Lyrical Lessons
    Modern American Poetry
    Modern & Contemporary American Poetry
    Online Poetry Classroom
    Parent Poems
    Poem a Day
    Poems on Poems
    More poems on poems.
    Poetry 180
    Poetry Alive
    Poetry Archive
    Poetry Heroes
    Poetry Links from Tim Mooney
    Poetry on Poverty
    Poetry Portal
    The Poetry Society of America
    Poetry for Upper Elementary Students
    Poetry zone by Nancy Patterson.
    Quilt Poems
    Sonnet Central
    Dylan Thomas
    Wall Poetry
    Webpoetics Gallery

    Letter Poems
    Painless Poetry
    Project Promise

    Magnetic Poetry
    Magnetic Poetry Homepage
    The Games Domain Direct Download - Magnetic Poetry
    Play Online
    Magnetic Poetry Language is a Virus

    Song Lyrics

    Poet Laureates

  • Poet Laureate @
  • Poet Laureate of USA
  • PL of USA from
  • British Poet Laureates
  • Wikipedia entry
  • HighBeam Encyclopedia entry

    Breaking Camp
    Go back to CyberEnglish