Over the last two weeks, we have been delighted that Scarlett Brunning, a former pupil and a keen poet, has returned to Blue Coat to run a series of poetry workshops with some of our Year 4 and Year 5 children. During the sessions, the children learned about different types of poetic language and techniques, such as stanzas, metre, feet, enjambement and caesura. They revised different styles of forms of figurative language, such as similes, metaphors and alliteration, and then challenged themselves to identify and use pathetic fallacy and personification. They have identified rhyme schemes and the five main types of syllabic patterns.
Here are some comments from the children:
“Poetry is like music without notes.”
“Writing poetry is freedom.”
“Poetry helps me relax because of the way the words sound.”
We are looking forward to the final poetry workshop next week where children will be competing in a poetic treasure hunt and then writing a poem of their own. We would like to thank Scarlett for her energy and enthusiasm and for coming and for teaching us so much.