Poetry activities for World Poetry Day

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By Paul Cooksonpoet

This World Poetry Day inspire your class to write their own poems with these fun activities


Love Poem for Books – a simple, favourite poem that just says how magical books and stories can be – where they can take us and how they make us feel.
Words – this came from a list of things that words and poems can do. I really like the tight structure and rhythm here and it works best when you emphasise the rhythm and rhyme.
Sea Shoals See Shows on The Sea Bed – one of my personal favourites over the years, particularly because of the rhythms and wordplay involved. In fact, it probably took me longer to learn it than to write it!

You can use these poems as starting points for writing your own poems!

Photo © Julie Dawn Thomas

Download the audio for each of Paul’s poems, read aloud by Paul himself: ‘Love Poem for Books’ , ‘Words part 1’ , ‘Words part 2’ and ‘Sea Shoals See Shows on The Sea Bed’ .

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