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On Thursday, 6 October, to celebrate National Poetry Day, a range of activities and events were held across the school, all designed to promote the power of poetry.
Teachers used poems in their classes to illuminate distinctly un-poetic subjects. U3 and L4 enjoyed readings from local poet, Roger Stevens, who then gave writing workshops helping to harness the girls’ creative energies into verse. In the Blythe, U3 experimented with Furniture poems; making metaphors fun. Who would have thought that Henry VIII was a big red sofa? Whilst for the L4, dragons, chimaera and other mythical beasts were invoked in E6. One U5 group explored the sonnet form and gained a deeper understanding of the question, “what is poetry?” through a range of readings and discussion.
Dr. Blood and her team compiled two fantastic,” larger than life” boards outside the library displaying staff’ favourite poems and at lunchtime we held an informal staff and student poetry reading. This was a wonderful half hour where a diverse bunch of our community came together and shared some happy minutes, listening to poetry from the sublime to the beautiful, the heart-rending to the smile-making.
What with Lorca’s lines perfuming the air and Jenny Joseph colouring it purple and Kezia Sand’s funky chicken coming home to roost, nestling up close to Roger Steven’s satirical verse; words really were flying high at Roedean this day! We look forward to another poetic gathering before Christmas.