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There are many different ways to tell a story. Simon Armitage is an amazing storyteller. Often in his poems he finds new and exciting ways to tell a story.
Look at the poem below. He uses a list of objects to tell a mysterious story. The list is a list of all the things found on a dead body. Look carefully at the poem. What can you deduce from the list?
About his person by Simon Armitage
Five pounds fifty in change, exactly,
a library card on its date of expiry.
A postcard stamped,
unwritten, but franked,
a pocket size diary slashed with a pencil
from March twenty-fourth to the first of April.
A brace of keys for a mortise lock,
an analogue watch, self winding, stopped.
A final demand
in his own hand,
a rolled up note of explanation
planted there like a spray carnation
but beheaded, in his fist.
A shopping list.
A giveaway photograph stashed in his wallet,
a keepsake banked in the heart of a locket.
Simon Armitage created a story out of a list of objects and now you will too! But instead of focussing on an individual we are going to focus on the place where we live.
- Let’s imagine the place where you live in 150 years. Imagine a house and in that house a purse or bag.
- Let’s imagine all the things that could be in that bag. Things that represent the place where we live, things that represent the time in which we live. e.g: A photo of the arts centre closed down, a wedding ring broken in two. Some of the objects could be completely abstract but still hold meaning to you and the time and place we are living in.
- Keep adding ideas of things to your list, the more you have the better.
- Pick the best things on your list and edit their wording, make sure they each have a story to tell in their own right.
- Write a list poem out of those things.
- Edit the list to the raw poetry gold. And there you have it!
You will need
Something to write with.
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