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linking introductions and conclusions in structured poetry

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Laura Numeroff, in her book If You Give a Pig a Pancake, uses an effective organizational tool: she links his conclusion back to her introduction. This technique brings closure and completeness to a piece of writing.

Ralph Fletcher, in his book Twilight Comes Twice, uses amazing word choices as he begins and ends his book with a tribute to the sun in the sky.

For this poetry exercise, you will create a poem whose first and last line are exactly the same. To do this, it is important for you to choose a first/last line that is meaningful. There is little point to coming back to a first line if the first line is not very interesting. Can you come up with a word, phrase, clause, or sentence that is equally interesting.


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(It's okay to come up with your own word for this activity, if you think of a better one.)

(It's okay to come up with your own phrase/clause for this activity, if you think of a better one.) 

Remember, you might start your poem with a short complete sentence too--like "Twilight Comes Twice."

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