Everyone in the school has to write and perform a poem ready for a poetry slam to be hosted by the performance poet Breis on Friday. Each class will vote for the best poem and the best performer, and the winning poet and performer will read their poems during a special poetry slam assembly.
The poems can be about anything. Sometimes too much choice makes it harder rather than easier to get started. So here’s a poem that Mr Milne likes and that might be a useful prompt. It’s written by an American poet called Emily Dickinson.
I’m nobody! Who are you?
Are you nobody, too?
Then there’s a pair of us — don’t tell!
They’d banish us, you know.
How dreary to be somebody!
How public, like a frog
To tell your name the livelong day
To an admiring bog!
You can decide for yourself what the poem’s about, but I think it says that it can sometimes be quite nice being a ‘nobody’ rather than a ‘somebody’ going on about themselves all the time (which can become a bit dreary). Even though the poem was written well over 100 years ago, it feels like the poet is describing modern-day celebrity, comparing it to a frog croaking their name out loud all day long in a swamp.
Do you want to be a nobody or a somebody? Perhaps you want to see your name in bright lights. Thankfully we’re all different. Try to come up with a poem on this topic at home – there’ll be some time in independent learning and class too.