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Anitha Murthy is a software consultant by profession and works full time in an exciting technology space. She is a voracious reader and loves books, so it is not a surprise that she is also partner-cum-librarian at Cosy Nook Library, a library exclusively for children. She has been published both in print and online. She has written STEM based picture books like The Drawing Game and where is Nandini? With Pratham books. She has also published two books for older children - Great Folk Tales of the World and The Teenage Diary of Razia Sultan, and she is currently working on a number of projects. She also writes poetry and has won prizes for them, the most recent being a contest conducted by Arts Illustrated magazine.

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Poetry Workshop for 5th and 6th grade students

On 29th Nov 11.00 a.m. - 11.40 am

Poetry is one of the most interesting ways in which we use language. In this lesson, learn about what poetry actually is and what features can make a poem. A poem is a snapshot of a feeling, the same way you might use Snapchat to capture a picture or video of a moment that you really like. Often people write poetry to express deep emotions like love or admiration or to purge feelings of loneliness or depression.

Poetry has a rhythm and beat. It also has a syllable i.e. a grouping of letters. There are different types of rhythm scheme associated with poems. By reading each poem you can look for syllables which give you a sense of rhythm. It is not necessary for every poem to have rhythm or the same sort of syllable. Poems have messages to deliver. Some poems may look funny but perhaps it may have deep meaning to look at. Poetry helps to think about big things in a very simple way.

Haiku is a form of Japanese poetry made of short, unrhymed lines that evoke natural imagery. Haiku can come in a variety of different formats of short verses, though the most common is a three-line poem with a 5-7-5 syllable pattern. Prominently Haiku is written about Seasons. Nowadays different subjects too are being written in haiku. So Poetry is for everyone and you should write it.