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How Do I Love Sonnets...

exploring sentence fluency and word choice by creating sonnets

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Student Samples: High School

Campfire Bugs
by Ty, tenth grade poet

When the fire begins to sizzle and pop,
Campfire bugs take to flight.
On invisible platforms they skitter then hop.
They glint and glow with fiery light.

Add one more log and a swarm will be birthed,
Swirling and twirling 'til their bright red glow dims.
An explosion of flames marches out of the earth,
A dazzling display that I hope never ends.

Now the fire's gone to bed,
Asleep deep in that pit in an ashy black pile
Until tomorrow comes to a head.
We won't see those campfire bugs for a while.

It's twilight again and one log everyone lugs,
To spot where we first met those campfire bugs.

(Click here to view/print Ty and one of his classmate's sonnets.)

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