Thursday, September 25, 2014

Ironic Rhymes

Directions:

You are going to be using rhyme scheme and other musical devices in order to "fracture" a nursery rhyme.  You may have heard of fractured fairy tales, tales in which different pieces of an original fairy tale are changed in order to provide new insights.  Fracturing a nursery rhyme has the same idea behind it except it is done with a nursery rhyme.

In order to give your nursery rhyme the most oomph, you will be using irony.  (Irony, in its general sense, is a reversal of expectations.)  In order to achieve irony, you will be doing what Blake did in "A Poison Tree."  You will use a child-like, nursery rhyme scheme in order to convey a more grown-up or serious message via your nursery rhyme.


Resources:
  • Children's Nursery Rhymes--This is a resource bank of original nursery rhymes.  This site is a good place to start in case you have no idea what nursery rhyme you would choose.
  • How to Write a Fractured Nursery Rhyme-- This site gives directions on how to fracture a nursery rhyme in the easiest way possible.  If you aren't sure what to change, I would think about starting here.  Keep in mind that the site is written for younger students and that I expect you--unlike some of their examples--to create the irony that I mentioned above.
  • One-Minute Writer--This particular post discusses rewriting a nursery rhyme.  Not all of the examples are all that ironic as your final should be.  However, there exemplar is a good example of irony.  (Your version should be longer since you have most of class to write.)

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