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Poems about Ages and Stages

an original poem inspired by Harry Chapin and Shakespeare

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By now, you should have brainstormed how your life might be broken up into stages and also seen two examples of how others have explored life’s changes and experiences. After comparing your own ideas about stages with theirs, you are ready to write your own poem about ages and stages.

You will be modeling your poem after Harry Chapin’s song, Cat’s In The Cradle, which has 4 verses and 4 choruses. To do that, you must do two things. First, find an important experience in your life that can be broken up into 3 or 4 stages. Second, think of the message you want to get across to the reader that sums up those stages. That message will become part of your “chorus.”

As always, choose a topic you care about so you can clearly convey your unique message (idea development) and be passionate about it (voice). If you are struggling to come up with something to write about, use the interactive buttons below.


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What's an experience from you life that might be broken into stages?

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