Poetry Book Activities
Hedgehog's Home Branko Čopić
Translated from Serbian by S.D. Curtis Istros Books, (2011)
Hedgemond is a stubborn little hedgehog who is proud of his home in the Forest but the other animals just don't understand why.
Write a gourmet poem about some of the different foods that Hedgemond and Miss Fox might eat when they dine together.
Hedgehog's Home is written in rhyming couplets – two lines of verse joined by rhyme.
Can you try and write your poem in rhyme?
You could also try to write a quatrain – a section of poetry composed of four lines having alternative rhymes.
Here is the first stanza of the poem in the original (Serbo-Croatian) language.
Po šumi širom, bez staze puta, Ježurka Ježic povazdan luta. Lovom se bavi, cesto ga vide, s trista kopalja, na juriš ide. I vuk, i medo, pa cak i ovca, poznaju ježa, slavnog lovca. Jastreb ga štuje, vuk mu se sklanja, zmija ga šarka po svu noæ sanja. Pred njim, dan hoda, širi se strava, njegovim tragom putuje slava.
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Even though you might not understand the language you can recognise that the poem is written in rhyming couplets.
Can you take some words of a foreign language that you know and try to write a poem?
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