Spontaneous Poem

Here’s an idea we got from storyteller Heather Forest. Four ‘poets’ sit in a circle and take turns improvising a poem having been ‘thrown’ the first line. The first ‘poet’ speaks the first line and then leaps into improv’ mode immediately after. The poem doesn’t have to rhyme. The poem must have a strong image or theme running through it and must reach a suitable conclusion. You could also do this as a ‘Chain Poem’, the ‘poets’ taking it in turns to add subsequent lines.

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About The Henry Brothers

We are English teachers involved in ELT publishing in Turkey, and also touring the country giving workshops and presentations to English teachers, mainly on the use of poetry, storytelling and other lively activities in the classroom. We can be contacted by e-mail to istanbuljohnm@hotmail.co.uk.
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4 Responses to Spontaneous Poem

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  2. This sounds soooooo much fun! Thanks for sharing. It looks like we have many things in common! I will try this tomorrow for my poetry class with the children. I run a poetry class every Monday.

  3. Leila says:

    I like the thought of an evolving poem. It will certainly not end up where it began. But, it will be fun.

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