Monday, 25 March 2013

Poetic Relief - Poke Lear's Monster

Bumbytrumps, Loodleloops, Lumpitytrumps, Whipplegigs, Snuggleswamps and Gigglypops.  These are just a few of the fantastical nonsense creatures conjured up in two poetry workshops today.  Using the comical verse of Spike Milligan, Lewis Carroll, Edward Lear and Roald Dahl as inspiration, we set about fishing for language using a Word Net (a fancy term for a blank table).

 Both groups quickly filled their Word Nets with a startling collection of nonsense words, alliterative verbs and assonant and rhyming nouns. 

After deciding on their imaginary creatures, a ferocious Grapplegrite and a Dinglebat (a chiahuahua with wings), they built up character by focusing on sound.  The creatures' roars and squeaks were rhymed with a list of nouns so that the effect of their voices would chime through the poems.

The exercises were reminiscent of the work the groups carried out with Gemma, creating printed images by first carefully observing a scene and then building up an image with small, repetitive marks. The words which we collected are akin to the marks on the rubber or the wood.  At first the marks or words don't make much sense but once they are gathered together as a whole it's possible to stand back and see the image afresh.

I explained to the groups that once the exercises were complete and the Word Net was full, then they would be left with an extensive collection of words which could be pulled together into a variety of forms to create poetry or stories or even songs.

After coffee and a natter we went through our collection of words to pull out the ones that would work in the template I'd created for the sessions.  The template was intended to give an example of a form that would work as a nonsense poem for a child.  Two other templates were handed out for participants to try at home and they could, of course, create their own styles and forms using the exercises to come up with entirely different poems.

And so, here are the two nonsense poems created today.  They were a lot of fun to write and both groups were great sports in putting up with some very silly activities.

Morning Group:

Not a Peacock

What did you eat by the sea Grapplegrite?
What did you eat by the sea?
I ate hake steak and whale and tail
I ate emperors, stars and cars

What did you leave by the sea Grapplegrite?
What did you leave by the sea?
I left cables and fables and cradles
I left gardens and scars and bars

What did you do by the sea Grapplegrite?
What did you do by the sea?
I grabbably grappled
I gadoobly grumbled
I gumperly garbled
I giggled and groaned

What did you learn by the sea Grapplegrite?
What did you learn by the sea?
I learned to love nettles, hate petals
Love eggs and hate pegs
Love ivory, hate bribery
Love mischief, hate handkerchiefs

Graape!  Raar!  Graape!  Raar!

I saw and I heard and I did and I learned
By the psychogoop, fiddleslop, mollyboo, tinglesplix, tinkleburr, zanglesplax sea.



Afternoon Group:


Not a Swan

What did you eat by the sea Dinglebat?

What did you eat by the sea?

I ate needles and cheese and leaves

I ate saws and lures and boars



What did you leave by the sea Dinglebat?

What did you leave by the sea?

I left seaweed and trees and bees

I left apple cores, oars and doors



What did you do by the sea Dinglebat?

What did you do by the sea?

I dookidly ducked

I dongerly danced

I dweebily dragged

I dipped then I dabbed



What did you learn by the sea Dinglebat?

What did you learn by the sea?

I learned to love cheese and hate bees

Love hats and hate bats

Love fishes, hate dishes

Love boats and hate floats

Love shells and hate bells

Love pebbles, hate rebels

Love trash and hate cash

Love cats and hate brats

Skreek!  Rawr!  Skreek!  Rawr!



I saw and I heard and I did and I learned

By the danglydoo, bubblybum, loobyloo, duggledit, ditterly, figglestick sea.

 

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