Poetry is integral to English, and although we might not need to study poetry for exams or qualifications, we still read and appreciate poetry in class. There is an enjoyable, creative aspect to poetry. A good example of the creative and accessible form of poetry are song lyrics, spoken poetry. Songs and lyrics are used often in class to introduce a topic or consider different perspectives about something. We also read and appreciate a range of poems, to simply explore interesting words and phrases or features such as juxtaposition, metaphors, or sensory language.
This week we have explored an array of poems, on topics ranging from animals to Halloween. We looked at different rhyme schemes and features used, then some students wrote their own. Understandably the students didn’t feel confident sharing their individual poems. But below is a poem we wrote together as a class; one they were happy to share.
The penguin waddles up and down
Through a ravine, never a town
Get some fish, feed the young
And then they’ll have a fat filled tum
Sea lions coming, must swim fast
Your little flippers will never last
Surviving cold in the snow
Huddled together, row after row
The winter wind it does blow
How you survive, we’ll never know.
(Poem written as a group effort in class, October 2023)