Perse Prep pupils discover ‘poetry is everywhere’
30 Sep 2019
Performance poet Adisa inspired Perse Prep children with his powerful poetry which resonated with National Poetry Day’s theme of truth.
Children were encouraged to participate in his performances by deducing missing rhyming words and repeating rhythmic lines to great effect. Adisa’s re-telling of nursery rhymes with a twist caused much delighted giggling and merriment.
The power of the written word played a key role in the talk and Adisa encouraged children to challenge cultural stereotypes through his original and thought-provoking imagery. He also emphasised the importance of empathy and truly listening to one another.
Adisa delivered a series of fascinating workshops to Year 6 children in which he inspired them to employ and extend imagery in their own poetry. He asked pupils to transform a container into a metaphor for a state of mind and they created original imagery to convey character and emotion.
Celebration of food captivated the children’s interest and they revelled in discussion of multicultural dishes. The children listened in awe to Adisa’s poem celebrating food and had great fun employing food-inspired imagery to describe characters in various settings, ranging from a fashion show to a rugby match.
Aspiring Year 6 poets loved the way in which Adisa had a ‘poem for everything’ and described how he ‘really helped us to develop our ideas.’