(13) Narrative Rhyming Couplet Poem: David and Goliath


Poem Instructions: Write a narrative poem in rhyming couplets. Have fun. Follow the attached guidelines! Upload to Schoology. Feel free to look up famous narrative poems like The Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner, The Cremation of Sam Magee, The Raven, or The Highwayman if you want to steal their rhythms and rhyme schemes.


David and Goliath (Poem)

On the murky battlefield, two lines of shivering men faced each other.

Rain poured down from the dark skies, drenching the men in armor.

Thumping their weapons against their shields, each side chanted their battle cry,

Trying to strike fear into their enemies’ hearts, on that fateful day of July.

To some experienced veterans, this was an all-too-familiar scene,

But to many new and youthful faces, this was the first fight they had ever seen.


Draped in black attire, the army of invaders stood on one end of the field.

The guardians of the city stood opposite, refusing to yield.

Suddenly, the sea of black parted as a giant warrior stepped through.

Standing head and shoulders above the rest, the champion bore a fearsome tattoo.

A wave of fear rippled across the opposition line as men trembled in fear.

The giant champion looked down at his enemies, with no attempt at hiding his sneer.


Raising his booming voice, the giant issued a challenge to take on any warrior in a fight,

But no man dared step forward, for all were intimidated by his incredible height.

Behind the line of defending soldiers, a child shook his head in dismay.

“How could anyone be fearful when God was with them all the way?”

The boy was the youngest in his family, but was amazingly gifted at the sling.

He was willing to fight the giant, for his city and for his king.


He trusted in God to protect him, for God had once saved him from a wild bear.

He knew that God would watch over him, so no armor would he wear.

After praying for guidance, the boy headed straight out the door.

He picked several stones off the floor, and went quickly off to war.

The boy raised his little sling, and twirled it all around,

The stone struck the giant’s forehead, and he toppled onto the ground.


The men in black drew back in fear for their mighty warrior was dead.

Without another word said, they turned on their heels and fled.

The king was pleased and thanked the boy, for what he had done was brave,

But the boy bowed his head and replied, “It is only God’s love that I crave.”

So the city was saved, and all were in debt to a little boy and his faith.

He was neither the eldest nor strongest in his family, but the youngest, the eighth.


David and Goliath (Poem Analysis)

This narrative poem retells the story of a classical Biblical tale, the fight between David and Goliath. There is a total of five stanzas with six lines in each stanza. In the first stanza, the Israelite army and the Palestinian army face off against each other on the battlefield. This sets the stage for what is to come. In the next stanza, a giant Palestinian champion steps forward and challenges any Israelite champion to face him in a duel. However, none of the Israelites dare step forward because they are all intimidated by the nine-feet-tall giant. In the third stanza, a young boy named David, the youngest of eight siblings, decides to fight the giant after seeing the giant Palestinian insult his people and his God. Knowing that God will protect him, he arms himself with a sling and kills the giant (fourth stanza). After seeing their best warrior fall, the Palestinians turn on their heels and flee (final stanza). The Israelites were saved and all were in debt to a little boy named David. He was not the strongest nor the eldest, but the one who had the most faith.


David and Goliath (Teacher Comment)

Mr. Nollan: (Rhyme: 5/5) (Rhythm: 4/5) (Content: 5/5) (Mechanics: 5/5) Great retelling of a classic tale!

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