A poem is a piece of writing that usually has figurative language and that is written in separate lines that often have a repeated rhythm and sometimes rhyme.
The poet laureate is appointed by the Governor of North Carolina in consultation with a panel of literary professionals who represent the state’s geographical, racial and literary diversity. The laureate typically serves a two-year term, renewable at the governor’s discretion and receives a $15,000 annual stipend from the N.C. Arts Council along with staff support.
Each state poet laureate shapes the position based on his or her own strengths through a long-term project or program of special interest. However, all poets laureate share the following duties: travel across the state to engage writers and readers of all ages in schools and communities, communication with the press, and writing commemorative poems for historical or culturally important occasions.
Consider these different forms of poetry and view the plethora of poetry forms at techniques at Poets.org
Haiku: an unrhymed verse form of Japanese origin having three lines containing usually five, seven, and five syllables respectively; also : a poem in this form usually having a seasonal reference
Limerick: a humorous poem consisting of five lines. The first, second, and fifth lines must have seven to ten syllables while rhyming and having the same verbal rhythm. The third and fourth lines only have to have five to seven syllables, and have to rhyme with each other and have the same rhythm.
|Hickory dickory dock,
the mouse ran up the clock;
the clock struck one
and down he run;
hickory dickory dock.
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Poems of the Day from Poetry Magazine. A new Poem every day!
A selection of old and new poems from Poetry Magazine; changes daily.