Street Music: City Poems by Arnold AdoffAdoff’s poems in this collection provide wonderful sensory images and play with rhythm and form in a manner appealing to young readers and reminiscent of e.e. cummings. This work provides an excellent platform for teaching poetic concepts of imagery, form, assonance, onomatopoeia and other traditional literary elements to elementary, middle school and even high school* students. While the image of a busy city would be familiar to many readers, the author also provides an alternate view, often looking at the city in a way which makes the city come alive and fill with magic (“the / magic / of tall buildings / pushing through the clouds”). Despite this appreciation for the magic and vivacity of the city, Adoff does not ignore the darker side of city life, with poems which refer to a homeless woman and her two daughters and “Pigeons with red eyes / [who] peck at empty crack vials.” Each poem is printed in the colored negative space of Barbour’s two page vivid, colorful and boldly outlined illustrations. Barbour’s use of color (ex. red for a poem about fire trucks) helps draw out the tone of Adoff’s poems and her boldly delineated figures create a sense of motion and life to echo the rhythm of the words. Although the figures in the illustrations are culturally diverse, Barbour tends to be quite stereotypical in her use of gender. In fact, overall the figures are overwhelmingly male. Despite this, the illustrations reflect and add to the poems.
*I have used poems from this book in both 8th and 10th grade English classes. Students enjoyed the strong sensory images and the use of rhythm, often comparing them to music they listened to.
Street music by Arnold Adoff
The sun so high in the sky on this street: The street of music from pounding of feet outside my window on my street Comes a fleet of tweet, And a rustle of leaves Sun sets, sits from its throne next to moons: bright peach sky as I hear song tunes spray-tanned sky paint-brushed trees kisses of flowers, leaves, and seeds Late night skaters, lots of police: young people out to ride on the streets, Near one o'clock Time to sleep There's always noise on my busy street. Share this poem:. Autoplay next video.
Street Music : City Poems
This is a children's book of poems that are themed around the city and the sounds you hear living in the city. There are 14 poems in this collection and they each have a different topic ranging from There is some rhyming, alliteration, and fun repetition to keep Arnold Adoff has written over twenty-five books of poetry for young readers, including Slow Dance Heartbreak Blues, illustrated by William Cotton; and Street Music: City Poems, illustrated by Karen Barbour, both of which are available at your local library. He has received the NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children, and his trademark "shaped speech" writing style and his rhythmic poems have made him one of the most renowned children's poets of our time.
Street Music. by Arnold Adoff. T h i s c i t y: t h e a l w a y s n o i s e g r i n d i n g up from the s u b w a y s u n d e r g r o u n d: slamming from bus tires and taxi.
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View Larger Image. Ask Seller a Question. This jazzy paean to city life features original poems about skyscrapers, Sunday concerts in the park, and even honking taxis snarled in traffic jams—all illustrated with exuberant paintings that sway with an infectious rhythm all their own. Arnold Adoff has written over twenty-five books of poetry for young readers, including Slow Dance Heartbreak Blues, illustrated by William Cotton; and Street Music: City Poems, illustrated by Karen Barbour, both of which are available at your local library. He has received the NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children, and his trademark "shaped speech" writing style and his rhythmic poems have made him one of the most renowned children's poets of our time. Visit Seller's Storefront. We guarantee the condition of every book as it's described on the Abebooks web sites.
I write the work onomatopoeia onto the white board and I ask the class to try to decode the word. This is fun to watch and observe. Some students get pretty close. I then ask what the word means. This stumps the class.