Session One & Two:
Historical poetic forms and approaches
In this section, Alan will consider ancient Roman poetic forms and linguistic devices. This will be followed by an exploration of Viking and Anglo-Saxon poetic forms (such as kennings). A wealth of practical ideas will be shared.
The Alphabet of Poetry Forms
(Highlights) & beyond
Although poetry is clearly far more than ‘forms’, an exploration of forms certainly does encourage word play. In this section Alan will consider:
1. Beyond Acrostics.
2. Alphabet-based poetry – single-letter poems / A-Z poems / initial letter and register poems etc.
3. Poems with a numeric element – expanding poems, glidogram poems and villanelles.
4. Altered Nursery Rhymes and ‘Honkadu’ etc.
Session Three & Four:
Japanese forms (Beyond 5/7/5)… and beyond
Alan will explore linguistic features of Japanese poetic forms and how these can be applied in Western classrooms. He will then extend this and consider a broad range of syllabic poetry forms as well as micro-fiction and short poetic forms.
Websites & Apps
The day will conclude with an exploration of websites and apps that support poetry in the classroom. Vocabulary development apps as well as apps with a specific poetic dimension will be explored.
ALAN PEAT & POETRY
Alan has published two collections of children’s poetry, with accompanying ‘Teachers’ notes’ for Questions Publishing: Teaching Poetry with 4 – 8 year-olds and Teaching Poetry with 7 – 12 year-olds.
In early 2017 he completed the eBook An Alphabet of Poetry Forms For Primary Schools with Creative Educational Press Ltd.
He has also written two collections of poems for adults: Regrouting the Bathroom in The Wrong Century, Crocus Books 1992 and Electricity Obituary, Redbeck Press 1997.
He is a member of both the British and American Haiku Societies and his haiku and tanka have been published in Blithe Spirit, Still and Snapshots and The Iron Press’ Anthology of Tanka. He was runner-up in the Still International Haiku Award on three occasions and is currently working on a forthcoming publication about Japanese and Western linguistic features of haiku.