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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
Aspiring Poet's Journal (The)
by Bernard Friot
Age Range: 12+
This is an ideal book to inspire the creation of poetry and unlock the poety within every child.
There is certainly no shortage of ideas in this 'year in poetry.' It features a series of ingenious exercises, complete with advice, suggestions and examples covering rhythm, word choice, setting and stye. There are also anecdote, quotes and poems from well-known poets, as well as plenty of messages of encouragement. There is an idea for every day of the year, along with plenty of blank space in between Herve Tullet's wacky illustrations, so that the young writer can jot down thoughts. On Day One, the author suggests writing the first poem of the year using the following words: write-first-poem-year. At the bottom of the page is the suggested answer of writing a 'list poem' beginning with one of these phrases:
“In one year ........... I will give you .......... A poem for ...........”
On Day Two the reader is asked ‘What does poetry mean to you? Give as many definitions as possible’. Day Three gives examples of what the poets William Wordsworth and Dylan Thomas had to say on the subject and on Day Five a selection of five different texts are provided with the reader being asked which one in their opinion is poetry.
Tullet’s unmistakeable colourful illustrative style helps to make the creation process lively and fun. This is a must-have book for the classroom as it is perfect for teachers to use to encourage children to write poetry. It is also ideal for any aspiring young poet (or adult) who can spend a year developing their poetic voice.