from Four Fourth Grade Classes
Found poems take existing words, phrases, or sentences and rearrange them as poems. Like collages, found poems are often made from newspaper articles, street signs, graffiti, speeches, letters, or even other poems. A true found poem contains text that remains as it was found. Decisions of form, such as where to break a line, are left to the poet.
At the end of The Egg Painting Project, we create and share a found poem using all the messages from poems the students have written in their class during this program. Each line is a message from a different child's poem. The length of the found poem is determined by the size of the class. These found poems often reflect the personality of the class as a whole.