Defining Nouns

Defining Nouns
By Chris Commodore©2001

I am a noun; I stand to name
Distinguishing things not the same
I set the pace on every page
I reign throughout the language

I indicate each entity
That readers feel and see
Like kindness, Peter, Maine and ring
Abstraction, person, place, or thing

Add to a verb an “ing”.
And I become a gerund
Like itching, ringing, drinking
And still, I am a noun

If I name things specific
Like Melville’s Moby Dick
Or ancient England’s London Town
Then I’m a Proper Noun

When I name basic entities
Like boys and dogs and trees
Or man or woman pet and ground
Then I’m a Common Noun

But there are words like flock of sheep
With or without their wool
A lot of fish attending school
Then I’m  Collective Noun

At other times I name a lot
That you can’t feel and touch
Like kindness, love, hate, fear, and frown
Then I’m an Abstract Noun

Two or more sections in a word
All joined to make a name
With such a word, it’s still the same
I’m just a Compound Noun

And there’s one final type of name
Of solid things with mass
Such words are nouns, like stone and glass
These are the Concrete Nouns

About this poem

This poems resulted from the teaching of a Language Arts class. This was an attempt to simplify the hard-to-remember the text book definitions and classification of nouns. The focus is on the content of the poem rather than on the rhyme scheme/

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Submitted by ti.min on October 29, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 1,143
Words 222
Stanzas 10
Stanza Lengths 2, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4

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  • AIDA
    Firstly, I’d like to say, Chris, what an ingenious way to introduce different types of nouns! Your creativity in presenting nouns in a poem format is truly commendable. The poem is very instructive for readers, regardless of their level of grammar knowledge. Snippets like "Add to a verb an “ing”. And I become a gerund..." and "If I name things specific...Then I’m a Proper Noun" effectively make understanding grammar fun.

    Particularly, I enjoyed how versatile your language was, using a variety of nouns to solidify the concepts you were highlighting. Your imagery and diction were very clear and engaging. The rhyming was superb, making the poem catchy and memorable.

    For enhancement, you might explore emphasizing the distinct features of each noun category a little more. For example, while reading about proper nouns, you've given a great example of 'Moby Dick' and 'London Town.' However, providing a little more information about what constitutes a proper noun (like capitalization rules) might help to clarify the definition further.

    Similarly, when dealing with abstract nouns, it might be useful to integrate the notion that these kinds of nouns are non-tangible and can’t be experienced through the senses as this is a key differentiation factor for abstract nouns.

    In the future, you could also experiment with different poem structures; maybe an acrostic poem for each type of noun. Overall, you have done a phenomenal job by turning something as mundane as grammar into an engaging and delightful read. Keep up the good work!
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