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Poetry nonsense no. 1 – the double dactyl

As the summer season silliness sets in we would like to share some examples of various forms of nonsense poetry, beginning with the “double dactyl”. A dactyl on its own is a metrical pattern made up of one stressed syllable … Continue reading

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Nazim Hikmet – The Optimistic Man

As schools close and our friends and colleagues take their summer break we would like to thank you for the work you have done this year. Good teaching is central to the health of countries, societies, communities all around the … Continue reading

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Say, Did You Say?

Say, did you say, or did you not say, What I said you said? For it is said that you said That you did not say What I said you said. Now if you say that you did not say … Continue reading

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Rhythmic Raps

Here’s a great idea for getting students to write rhythmic raps. We’ve used this technique time and again in our Poetry Jams and we first ‘lifted’ the idea from Alan Maley and Alan Duff after seeing it in their excellent … Continue reading

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Good with Children and Dogs – Jan Dean an itinerant poet.

  Jan Dean is by her own admission an ‘itinerant poet, good with children and dogs’. She says that, ‘Being a poet isn’t a job. It’s who you are. It’s to do with a way of seeing the world – … Continue reading

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Today and Tomorrow

Happy the man, and happy he alone, He who can call today his own; He who, secure within, can say, Tomorrow, do thy worst, for I have lived today. John Dryden

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My brethren, among the legends of my people it is told how a chief, leading the remnant of his people, crossed a great river, and striking his tipi-stake upon the ground, exclaimed, ‘A-la-ba-ma!’ This in our language means ‘Here we … Continue reading

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