Poetry Anthology Book Project

Illustrated Booklet and Recitation
Due Wednesday, February 28

For this book project, you will be reading a poetry anthology, which is a book of poems. The poetry anthology may be a collection of poems by a single author or a collection of poems by many authors.

For this project, you may not choose a Shel Silverstein poetry anthology. This project is a chance for you to become familiar with new poets. If you are a fan of humorous verse, we can assist you in choosing an anthology by a poet or poets similar to Silverstein. Additionally, if the poetry anthology you choose is extraordinarily long, we will determine together how much of it you will have to read.

This project requires you to read a book, memorize a poem to perform, and create a poetry booklet with illustrations, examples of figurative language, and some of your favorite poems.

Pay close attention to the following requirements for your poetry booklet:

  1. Your final poetry booklet will include at least EIGHT different poems. Each poem must be written or typed—in its entirety—into your booklet with each poem’s title and author. Proofread to be sure you have copied the poems correctly. You may choose the size paper you would like to use.
  2. As you read your anthology, find poems that exhibit figurative language. Your booklet will include five examples of figurative language that demonstrate three of the different types of figurative language we’ve studied (simile, metaphor, hyperbole, personification, or onomatopoeia). For example, you may have two examples of similes, one example of metaphor, and two examples of personification—five examples in all and three different types of figurative language. Or you may have three examples of personification, one example of hyperbole, and one example of metaphor—again, five examples in all and three different types of figurative language represented. You may, of course, find examples of all five types of figurative language if you wish.
  3. For the five poems with the examples of figurative language, underline the portion of each poem that is the example of figurative language (one type per poem).
  4. Choose your three favorite poems (which should be different from the poems you selected to show figurative language). Write two or three sentences explaining why you like each of the three poems you choose.
  5. Illustrate all eight of the poems that are included in your booklet.  Your illustration may go on the same sheet of paper that your poem is on, or you may use a separate sheet for your illustration. Be sure to make your illustrations detailed and as beautiful as the poems with which they are paired.
  6. Put all eight of your poems and all eight illustrations into a booklet.  Create a creative designer cover for your booklet showing the book title and your name on the front cover and a picture of yourself and a paragraph stating what you learned from this book project on the back cover.
  7. Choose one poem from your book that is at least twelve lines long.  You will memorize this poem and perform it for the class.  You will need to practice so that your recitation is interesting. THIS POEM WILL NOT BE INCLUDED IN YOUR EIGHT-POEM BOOKLET UNLESS YOU’D LIKE TO ADD IT TO YOUR BOOKLET AS A NINTH POEM.

The table below lists the five types of figurative language, giving definitions and examples of each type. You may want to refer to this table as you choose your examples of figurative language from your poetry anthology.



a comparison between two objects

Your eyes are stars!


a comparison between two objects using “like” or “as”

Your eyes are like stars!


a large exaggeration

Your eyes are as bright as stars!


giving an inhuman thing human qualities

The stars are envious of your eyes!


words that sound like their meaning

Whoosh! The stars penetrated the earth’s atmosphere


One sample page is included next to show exactly how the figurative language examples should be noted.  Following that is an example of a “favorite poem” page.  Please note that while neither of these examples is illustrated, your pages must be.


A Birthday
By Christina Rossetti

My heart is like a singing bird
Whose nest is in a watered shoot;
My heart is like an apple tree
Whose boughs are bent with thickset fruit;
My heart is like a rainbow shell
That paddles in a halcyon sea;
My heart is gladder than all these
Because my love is come to me.

Raise me a dais of silk and down;
Hang it with vair and purple dyes
Carve it in doves and pomegranates,
And peacocks with a hundred eyes;
Work it in gold and silver grapes,
In leaves and silver fleurs-de-lys;
Because the birthday of my life,
Is come, my love is come to me.


By Emily Dickinson

Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune–without the words,
And never stops at all,
And sweetest in the gale is heard;
And sore must be the storm
That could abash the little bird
That kept so many warm.
I’ve heard it in the chillest land,
And on the strangest sea;
Yet, never, in extremity,
It asked a crumb of me.

 Why I like this poem:
“Hope” is an amazing poem because the writing is so lyric, almost musical.  Even though the language is old-fashioned, I can still understand most of the poem.  I like how the poem reminds me that I can always have hope no matter how bad things seem.

Here is the Poetry Anthology Book Project Grading Sheet.