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Poetry Break #24: A Stump the Teacher Poem

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Introduction: This poem is a "Stump the Teacher" poem. Do you know the form? If you can't figure it out...click on the key at the bottom of the page. You can also create fun ways to recognize forms of poetry for your students. This poem could be read along with a geography lesson or biography lesson.

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The art of Biography
Is different from Geography.
Geography is about maps,
But Biography is about chaps.

Edmund Clerihew Bentley

from an "Edmund Clarihew Bentley" website
available online at: http://www.cs.rice.edu/~ssiyer/minstrels/poems/207.html
(retrieved 12-4-01)

Extension: After reading this poem and figuring out what form it is, have your students create poems of this form. You could also have your students look for "Stump the Teacher" poetry forms.

Hint: The poet's name for this poem has a lot to do with the form because he is the one who began writing poetry in this form and it was named after him.

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