FUSE Spring 2016 - Page 14

ACTIVITY: Poetry Project older readers Poems come in various styles and don't even have to rhyme! (What does rhyme with 'poem'..?) Nursery Rhymes often have four lines to a verse, with the 2nd and 4th lines rhyming, ('B'). This is an 'ABCB' format. Single words might rhyme or be taken and repeated. 'Repetition technique' can even recycle a whole line and is often used to force the reader to think, ask questions – or even laugh! Which daft limericks do you know? Their 'AABBA' format has you laughing from the start! Punchlines often come in the 4th line, with the 5th line a rough copy of the 1st. Somehow this repetition makes the limerick even funnier! Creeping up on the reader with repetition and a surprise twist can cause clever shocks in serious poetry. Develop your style! Choose your inspiration! For centuries, poetry has been written both to share happiness and to try to understand difficult times. It can be great fun -and great therapy- to let your feelings out in words. -Try it! FUsEr POeM FUSE reader Alex has sent in his emotionally descriptive and powerful poem called 'War, by William Beech’. It describes the feelings of William, a young World War Two evacuee, and was inspired by Goodnight Mr Tom, which Alex read at school. William seems to speak the words "I was just a frightened child” about himself. However, Fuser Alex interestingly took this quote from a German Hitler Youth member. This really makes you think; the two boys were 'on opposite sides' but each was just a frightened child. Alex uses a simple 'spoken word' style to bring his story vibrantly alive. He mixes this with an emotional quote, repetition technique and an unexpected twist at the end. -Powerful! Check out Librophilia! (p3) for more from Alex on Goodnight Mr Tom. 14 FUSE