Poetry and Math

Type: Investigation

Theme: Art

Grades: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Learning Target: Students will interpret and visualize the rhythm, meter, and content of a poem using math.


This project is for individuals.

  1. Select one of the following five poems.
    1. Smart by Shel Silverstein (lyrical rhyming poem)
    2. Dust If You Must by Rose Milligan (mixed meter with rhyme)
    3. A Fly and a Flea in a Flue by Ogden Nash (limerick)
    4. Dust of Snow  by Robert Frost (iambic verse)
    5. Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll (iambic verse)
  2. Sketch three design options to visualize your selected poem using a combination of geometric forms, tessellations, lines, or other designs.
    1. Focus on mimicking the poetic patterns.
    2. Poem text can be (but is not required) to be integrated into the artwork.
    3. Design format should be 4:3 ratio (horizontal to vertical: 12 inches by 9 inches or 1600 pixels by 1200 pixels).
  3. Obtain a Peer Review before you begin your final art.
  4. Use any media to produce your final product (cut paper, illustration, digital, Desmos, OpenSCAD, water color, etc.)
  5. Write a 1-2 paragraph explanation on how your art reflects the structure of your poem.


  1. One page document with your name, artwork, poem, poet's name, three sketches, and explanation
  2. Upload 4:3 ratio artwork separately.
  3. Peer Review


Geometry Generators

Exit Ticket
CCSS Math Practice
  • I can look for and make use of structure.
  • I can look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts
  • Patterns