Elements of Poetry – 5th Grade

Jack and Jill
Went up the hill
To fetch a pail of water.
Jack fell down
And broke his crown
And Jill came tumbling after.
Rhyme
Jack and Jill
Went up the hill
To fetch a pail of water.
Jack fell down
And broke his crown
And Jill came tumbling after.

Yankee Doodle came to town,
A-ridin’ on a pony;
He stuck a feather in his hat
And called it macaroni
Rhyme
Yankee Doodle came to town,
A-ridin' on a pony;
He stuck a feather in his hat
And called it macaroni

Mary had a little lamb
its fleece was white as snow;
And everywhere that Mary went,
the lamb was sure to go.
Rhyme
Mary had a little lamb 
its fleece was white as snow;
And everywhere that Mary went, 
the lamb was sure to go.

You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself any direction you choose.
Rhyme
You have brains in your head. 
You have feet in your shoes. 
You can steer yourself any direction you choose.

To market, to market, to buy a fat pig,
Home again, home again, jiggety jig.
To market, to market, to buy a fat hog,
Home again, home again, jiggety jog.
Repetition
To market, to market, to buy a fat pig,
Home again, home again, jiggety jig.
To market, to market, to buy a fat hog,
Home again, home again, jiggety jog.

A horse is a horse, of course, of course,
And no one can talk to a horse of course
That is, of course, unless the horse is the famous Mister Ed.
Repetition
A horse is a horse, of course, of course,
And no one can talk to a horse of course
That is, of course, unless the horse is the famous Mister Ed.

The more that you read,
The more things you will know.
The more that you learn,
The more places you’ll go.
Repetition
The more that you read, 
The more things you will know. 
The more that you learn, 
The more places you'll go.

Tell me I’m clever,
Tell me I’m kind,
Tell me I’m talented,
Tell me I’m cute,
Tell me I’m sensitive,
Graceful and Wise
Tell me I’m perfect–
But tell me the TRUTH.
Repetition
Tell me I'm clever,
Tell me I'm kind,
Tell me I'm talented,
Tell me I'm cute,
Tell me I'm sensitive,
Graceful and Wise
Tell me I'm perfect--
But tell me the TRUTH.

T’was the NIGHT before CHRIST-mas
and ALL through the house.
Not a CREA-ture was STIR-ring
not E-ven a MOUSE.
Rhythm
T'was the NIGHT before CHRIST-mas 
and ALL through the house.
Not a CREA-ture was STIR-ring 
not E-ven a MOUSE.

DOU-ble, DOU-ble, TOIL and TROU-ble.
FI-re BURN and CAUL-dron BU-bble.
Rhythm
DOU-ble, DOU-ble, TOIL and TROU-ble.
FI-re BURN and CAUL-dron BU-bble.

Whose WOODS these ARE I THINK I KNOW.
His HOUSE is IN the VILL-age THOUGH;
He WILL not SEE me STOP-ping HERE
To WATCH his WOODS fill UP with SNOW.
Rhythm
Whose WOODS these ARE I THINK I KNOW.
His HOUSE is IN the VILL-age THOUGH;
He WILL not SEE me STOP-ping HERE
To WATCH his WOODS fill UP with SNOW.

my MOTH-er ATE an AP-ple AND my FATH-er ATE a PEAR.
Rhythm
my MOTH-er ATE an AP-ple AND my FATH-er ATE a PEAR.

The slide on the playground was a hot stove
Metaphor
The slide on the playground was a hot stove

Kisses are the flowers of affection.
Metaphor
Kisses are the flowers of affection.

She is a real bunny,
that Sally Kincaide
Always on the hunt for carrots
Metaphor
She is a real bunny, 
that Sally Kincaide
Always on the hunt for carrots

My sister once again
is on the prowl
A lioness hunting her prey
Metaphor
My sister once again 
is on the prowl
A lioness hunting her prey

I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills…
Simile
I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills...

Your teeth are like stars;
They come out at night.
They come back at dawn
When they’re ready to bite.
Simile
Your teeth are like stars;
They come out at night.
They come back at dawn
When they're ready to bite.

Poor as a church mouse.
strong as an ox,
cute as a button,
smart as a fox.
Simile
Poor as a church mouse. 
strong as an ox, 
cute as a button, 
smart as a fox.

Black as midnight,
Bad as the devil
With eyes like pieces of dark chocolate,
He thinks he’s king of the world,
My dog Berkley.
Simile
Black as midnight, 
Bad as the devil 
With eyes like pieces of dark chocolate, 
He thinks he's king of the world, 
My dog Berkley.

Three grey geese in a green field grazing.
Grey were the geese and green was the grazing.
Alliteration
Three grey geese in a green field grazing. 
Grey were the geese and green was the grazing.

Betty Botter bought some butter,
but, she said, the butter’s bitter;
if I put it in my batter
it will make my batter bitter,
Alliteration
Betty Botter bought some butter,
but, she said, the butter's bitter;
if I put it in my batter
it will make my batter bitter,

Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout
Would not take the garbage out!
Alliteration
Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout 
Would not take the garbage out!

I need not your needles,
They’re needless to me,
For kneading of needles,
Were needless, you see.
Alliteration
I need not your needles,
They're needless to me,
For kneading of needles,
Were needless, you see.

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