By Julia Bevan, Teacher of English
My Block 3 students have been practising writing poems using extended metaphors.
In class, we read The Beach by William Hart-Smith, Winter Morning by Roger McGough and In a Station of the Metro by Ezra Pound to inspire us, observing that none of the poems used full rhyme or a particular rhythm; instead, they’re constructed using one long sentence.
Students then worked together in small teams groups, looking at a range of images – a skiing scene, traffic on a motorway, a mountain top and a red London bus – and coming up with a number of metaphors and similes to describe aspects of the picture (mountain tops as “Stegosaurus spines” in the skiing scene, for example).
Next, they were asked to turn their collective notes into a descriptive sentence that uses at least one metaphor, then turn that into a poem.