Visualizing Poetry with Adobe Spark Post

Students create a visual representation of a poem
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About This Strategy

In this 2-hour strategy, students will take a poem and learn how to reduce it down to a topic, then to an abstract noun, and use Adobe Spark Post to create a visual representation of the poem. The focus of this strategy is for students to analyze a poem so they can create a graphic image that best reflects the poem. This strategy is particularly suitable for partner or small group work, so that you can leverage student discussion to help all students deeply engage in the work. 

Because Adobe Spark Post enables students to create captivating visual graphics, this strategy empowers students to demonstrate their ability to translate written poetry into striking visuals.

Supporting Tools and Resources

  • Student Sample
  • Adobe Spark Post

  • Editable Resource Bundle

  • PDF Resource Bundle

Outline for Teachers

120 minutes


Students choose a poem from the list found here to review and evaluate. Or you, or students, can propose a different poem. The suggested poems were chosen for strong imagery, diversity, relevance, and accessibility. (15 minutes)


Students analyze their selected poem and follow a guided reflection in these steps, ending with choosing at least two excerpts that give the reader, in the interpretation of the student, the most imagery.  Based on their work, students begin to list ideas for images. They use this note taker for all of this. (30 minutes)


Students create a visual graphic using Adobe Spark Post. Their design should consider color, layout, imagery, and typography and how each design element visually represents the poem. (75 minutes)


Students publish their graphics and discuss in small groups the effectiveness of their interpretation of the poem through visuals.

Steps for Students

In this 2-hour strategy, you will analyze a poem, thinking about how the author influences the reader to see, think, and feel. Based on your analysis, you will use Adobe Spark Post to create a visual representation that shows your interpretation of the poem. 

Because Adobe Spark enables you to create captivating visual graphics, this strategy empowers you to demonstrate your ability to translate written poetry into striking visuals.


1. Learn: Below are some choices for your poetic visualization. You may propose a different poem that you have learned during the course of the year to create your final graphic. Or, your teacher might provide you with other choices. (15 minutes)

Select  one of the following poems to review and evaluate:

You may be assigned to work with a partner, or small group. This will be a great opportunity to discuss your thinking throughout the poem's analysis and development of the graphic image.

2. Evaluate: Analyze your selected poem, and take notes using this graphic organizer as you reflect on: (30 minutes)

  • Imagery: What pictures does this poem create in your mind? What tastes, smells? What do you see and hear?

  • Word choice: What is the mood that you feel when reading this poem? You've just thought about the images, so this is an extension of that idea. If you are having difficulty with analyzing how the author's word choice impacts the mood of the poem, try circling any words that you think are related to emotions (feelings). 

  • Mood: Now that you've considered imagery and word choice, what is the mood overall for the entire poem? What do you think the author wants you to feel?  

  • Speaker: Who is speaking to you in this poem? It may not always be the author. If it isn't the author, the person is someone who ... (fill in the blank). For example, the speaker in this poem is someone who is grieving for the loss of a friend.

  • Author's purpose: Why do you think the author crafted the poem this way:

    • word choices

    • structure

    • the speaker

    • the imagery 

    • the mood

    • Is there a message to the reader? What is the message?

In your next step you will begin to create a graphic image. Before you begin, narrow down your thinking by choosing at least two short excerpts from the poem that are the most compelling examples of imagery. These will be used in your graphic, along with your chosen images.

3. Create: Using Adobe Spark Post, create a visual representation of your poem. Your design should consider color, layout, imagery, and typography and how each design element visually represents the poem. Think about what colors and imagery match your quotes and analysis of the poem. Consider how your choices relate directly to the interpretation of the author's purpose. You should be prepared to be able to explain why you selected the images and colors, and how they connect to the quotes and relate to the author's purpose. (75 minutes)

Start with deciding on your layout:

  1. Will you have a single image or multiple images for your background? You can select the layout icon to choose your layout style. 

  2. You must include at least 3 images in your design. 1-2 icons are optional. 

  3. How will you integrate your quotes? Where should they be placed? What images match them?

  4. All of the design elements should compliment each other and support the evaluation requirements of the poem.

For inspiration, check out this student sample. For more information on using Adobe Spark Post, click here.

4. Share your graphic as directed by your instructor. Did you make any mistakes along the way? I hope so - that way you had some opportunities to try again, ask for help, and learn!

Rubric for Successful Analysis

Consult the attached rubric in order to evaluate students' work.