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Posted on October 2nd 2017
Flash Group Poem for National Poetry Day 2017
We celebrated National Poetry Day last Thursday by creating our own poem at lunchtime!
This year’s theme is Freedom and we have been displaying poetry by Benjamin Zephaniah in the library to raise student awareness of his work in particular. Staff also displayed their favourite poems in their class windows for everyone to share.
At lunchtime, 40 students from years 7 to 11 took part in a flash group poem which we created using words and phrases plucked from pages of old and damaged books in the library – a wonderful piece of recycling which inspired many of our boys (see picture). Here's what they created!
The Green Death
The Green Death had pierced
Pickled rats’ brains
Dead man’s click.
A chill ran down his back
Turning to ice
By the light of the few fires that still burn,
A hollow laugh –
The terror it inspired.
Hacking his way
With characteristic anxiety,
Pain and fear.
The disgusting river.
Thanks to all the boys who took part creating our poetry bank and special thanks to Arthur Healey and Nabil Shukree who put this poem together.
Competition - write a poem about freedom
Students now have the opportunity to compete for a £10 Amazon voucher by writing their own poem or rap on the theme of freedom – the competition closes on Friday 6 October.
Here's some tips to get you started... Think about what you want to say. Choose the most powerful words and phrases. Move them around until they click together and sound fantastic. You have a poem!
Jo Mead, Learning Resources Manager
We've created a display of poetry by Benjamin Zephaniah to raise awareness of his work in particular.