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Subcategories from this category: I build walls

I once found this poem from this wonderful website containing free worksheets and more.  Using it as the theme for an informal class discussion a couple of years ago, it has become an annual event in the Grade 9 poetry class.

We follow up the discussion with an anonymous poetry writing exercise- each girl interpreting the topic, drawing from own experience and/or close encounters in their families or peer groups.

Every year I am stunned by the results.

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 β€œTo feel most beautifully alive means to be reading something beautiful, ready always to apprehend in the flow of language the sudden flash of poetry.”
― Gaston Bachelard


 A sudden sound, the friendly, warm lick from an expecting puppy, a cool, frech breeze on a simmering day, a quick conversation with an inspired pupil... the list can be very long.  But the concept stays the same: Poetry.

Words do not end with recalling the dictionary entry upon utterance or perception. It starts with where the reader finds him or herself, with the way we look at things. Perspective. Context.

The following categories share some of the poems we discussed in the Grade 9 and 10 classes, together with some special responses.




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