The Poetry Place

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Trevor Millum, Teachit poet in residenceThe aim of the blog is to try to show the process of writing. It's a bit artificial because you can't reproduce all the thoughts and crossings out that take place either metaphorically or literally.   

However, it might help to show students that poems do not spring fully-formed onto the page. 

Previous blogs are archived: see the list at the right of the page.  Quite a few have been inspired by existing poems (by Edward Thomas, Duffy, Heaney, Armitage and others) and there are also villanelles, sonnets and lots of light verse.  I enjoy this - and it keeps me writing!  Any comments welcome.


Easy-Read-Glow-In-The-Dark Alarm Clock

Wednesday, 20 September 2017 9:24:34

Wednesday, 20 September 2017 9:24:34

Here's a start...

easy read glow in the dark alarm clock

my new alarm clock
it doesn't tick
doesn't tock
it's a silent force
in the night
My easy read glow in the dark alarm clock

it makes no sound
as the minutes go round
No no / it glows / it goes

I didn't need 
an easy read
I'm quite smart
I can read a book
learn stuff by heart
with a sleepy look
but an easy read
is all they had
and it's all it took
to sell me a
easy read glow in the dark alarm clock

Easy-Read-Glow-In-The-Dark Alarm Clock

Thursday, 14 September 2017 14:14:14

Thursday, 14 September 2017 14:14:14
Time to start another poem.  I am intrigued by adverts for slightly unusual things - or the description of them, anyway.  This one caught my eye. Let's see if it catches my mind, too.


Archived blogs

   [OPEN/CLOSE]  Parodies and homages

   [OPEN/CLOSE]  Topics and themes

   [OPEN/CLOSE]  How to...

   [OPEN/CLOSE]  Sonnets

   [OPEN/CLOSE]  Different types of poem


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  • Teachit editors' favourite poetry resources
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