Recently I had the special treat of working with Year 7 poets from Brighton Primary School in Adelaide. During the day we closely examined a range of poetic structures and devices and applied them to our writing of poetry. With one group I introduced Suzanna Marshak’s powerful book ‘I Am The Ocean’ to alert these enthusiastic poets to the potential power of writing through a mask and using personification. Another group looked at personification through their connection to things in the world around them.
Using the poem, ‘I Am These Things And More’ as a model. Students were challenged to think about these important connections. A particular focus of the writing was to try to incorporate effective use of repetition, line breaks, simile and white space in their composed pieces. These young poets talked in groups and identified their targets for personification. They rehearsed their opening lines. They rechecked the list of craft moves available to them and then they set about writing t…
I cannot claim credit for thinking of this idea, but I have had a lot of fun making this poem using compound words. I have used the words to sing the praises of someone special in my life- my wife, Vicki. I invite you to try this simple, yet effective approach to writing poetry. It is a fine example of word play. In this case playing with compound words. Poetry fun to share... Compound Interest You are the jingle in my bellsThe tick in my tockThe flash in my lightThe spring in my timeThe whirl in my windThe tell in my taleYou are the ever in my lastingThe ginger in my breadThe life in my boatIt has to be said
The inspiration for this poem came from idioms. In this case, I used idioms involving people's names. My father's generation frequently used such idioms in everyday language. Clearly my exposure to such idiomatic language had an influence. It was fun to play around with these wonderful old terms. Hope you enjoy the word play... Name Dropper My Dad knows lots of peopleI reckonHe often tells me Bob’s your uncleBut I don’t know any Bob’s He believes Scott is greatHe’s always sayingGreat Scott!He wants to rob Peter to pay Paul and I’m not sure
whyHe thinks Fanny Adams is sweetAnd someone called Nelly is nervousLast week he told me to run like Billy OHow does Billy O run?That’s what I want to know Dad does a lot of things for a fellow called Pete
SakeAnd he thinks Alec is smart because he’s always
sayingWhat a smart Alec he isHe thinks Ann is raggedyAnd Simon is simpleFreddie is blindBut even he can seeWhich I find a bit confusing And somehow Johnny is on the spotAnd Jack is in a boxMay…