Today, Múinteoir Clíona and Séamus had a poetry slam and improvised some great free verse poetry! Did you dig it?!

Múinteoir Clíona kicked things off by doing some word association with the word apple. Let's have a go at this now ourselves and see what ideas we can come up with only a word as a starting point.

Use the following words in the circles below and do some word association – write the ideas that pop into your head all around the circle. Use arrows and other circles to connect your ideas. You can even draw sketches.

Just let the ideas flow and remember famous Beat Poet Allen Ginsberg’s advice:

"Your first thought is your best thought"




Write a Poem

Now, look back at your work.

Choose one of the inspiration words and write a short poem here, using your ideas above!






You can download the full lesson and activities here!

Beatnik Berets

As we saw earlier in class, every good beatnik poet wears a beret, a hat associated mainly with France. This was very much the fashion of the Beat Poets back in the 50s when Beat Poetry became popular.

Limerick Corner

We learned about limericks today too. A limerick is a rhyme, usually funny, where the 1st, 2nd and 5th lines rhyme, as do the 3rd and 4th. The final line usually has the punchline!

Have a read...

An elderly man called Keith,
Mislaid his set of false teeth.
They'd been laid on a chair,
He’d forgot they were there,
Sat down, and was bitten beneath!

There once was a farmer from Leeds,
Who swallowed a packet of seeds.
It soon came to pass,
He was covered with grass,
But has all the tomatoes he needs!

A mouse in the room woke Miss Dowd,
Who was frightened and screamed very loud,
Then a happy thought hit her,
To scare off the critter,
She sat up in bed and just meowed..!