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CLIP 13271

A poetry workshop on the theme of happiness

A poetry workshop on the theme of happiness
Key Info
  • A poetry workshop on the theme of happiness
  • Duration: 03:50
  • Now in her mid-twenties, Caroline Bird published her first book of verse aged just fifteen. In this energetic and entertaining workshop she challenges a group of thirty teenagers to create images and write lines inspired by the idea of 'happiness'. Caroline assembles these lines into “one massive poem” which she then performs – the sort of poetry which, as she points out, “you can only write when you’re young.” First broadcast in the Learning Zone on BBC2 in January 2012 as part of the programme How to write.
  • Subject:



    Writing: Poetry and Drama

  • Keywords: Howtowrite, writing poetry, images, metaphor, creating images, poetry workshop, Caroline Bird, rhyme, verse, poetry slam
Ideas for use in class
  • When discussing creative writing and poetry. When discussing image and metaphor. When discussing what makes you happy. As inspiration for classroom poetry workshops.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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