Our teacher, Pat, proposed an activity in which we had to create our own poem. The activity consisted of many steps to be able to finally produce our own poem. Firstly, we had to choose a picture that we had taken. Then, we had to look at the picture and write 5 nouns, 5 verbs and 5 adjectives that came to our minds when looking at the photo. The third step was to choose 2 literary devices (metaphor, simile, symbol, personification…) and think of them while looking at the picture. Finally, taking into account that we had to include all the words and the literary devices, we started writing our own poem, which had to be based on the photo but did not have any other condition. While writing, we had some minutes in which we read our poems to a classmate and shared questions and feedback. I chose a picture of a landscape, whose main focus was a blue sky with some clouds scattered along it.
The activity was really enjoyable, mainly because we were free to write the way and with the structure we wanted (respecting that it was a poem and not a story). I was able to reflect upon the picture and let my hands write whatever came to my mind with just looking at the picture. I really loved the idea about this work being totally individual as it would have been difficult to perform this activity in pairs. In pairs, we would not have been able to completely reflect and choose a picture that we both had something to transmit. However, I loved the fact that we had a moment for feedback and questions with a classmate. I believe this activity invited us to reflect and think a lot, using elements we had learnt in literature the previous years. It was a completely different activity to the ones we usually perform at school, which is why it was also really fun and entertained us a lot.
As we did this activity, I directly thought of an activity we did last year on Language class with Pilar Pando. The activity was in groups, and each one had to focus on a different task. Our group (Tomas Braun, Sofia Mele an I) had to write a poem based on Malala Yousafzai´s dreams (as we were reading the book about her life). I immediately connected these two activities as in both processes the final product was the same. I remember that for that poem we had to focus on facts and look for the most important words, ideas and feelings we wanted to transmit about Malala´s dreams. In this activity, we also focused on a range of verbs, nouns, adjectives and literary devices we wanted to include. Although Malala´s poem was in groups and this one was individual, the fact that in this activity we had the opportunity to receive help and ideas from a partner was also helpful.
I also thought about another poem we had to write last year on Literature, where I worked with Anouk Laferrere and we wrote about Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. While connecting this three activities, I reflected on how by three completely different processes and tasks we reached the same final product in all three cases.
Malala´s dreams poem:
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes poem
«Where art lives»
Near the core,
the flow of burgeoning dwellers
beholds an emblem of artistic heritage.
walls used to conceal
the hollow pumping of drainage,
Like the lub-dub of a heart.
But now filled,
embracing the modern art
of the once colonizers,
and the once colonized.
Alluring beauty of art
maintained with passion and thrust,
Shall reflect awe,
and impression in your view.