Activities Music

Poetry in a Song

How To Do It

  • Select a song and share the lyrics.
  • Cross out the words you do not want to keep.
  • Arrange and rearrange the words you kept to create a poem.
  • Read or sing aloud with emotions the new poem created.


  1. Compare the original song with the poem you created. How are they similar or different?
  2. If you did this activity independently, did you end up with similar or different poems?
  3. What is the message/meaning of the song? Did this meaning change when you converted it into the shorter poem?
  4. Can you put the shorter poem to a new melody? How does this new song make you feel compared to the original song?
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