Say it with a Poem on National Poetry Day

Posted by Speakeasy News > Thursday 06 October 2016 > Celebrate

Every autumn, Britain breaks out in verse for National Poetry Day, this year on 6 October.

We often reach for poetry when we want to say something meaningful, whether it is in a birthday card, a graduation speech, wedding or funeral.

The aim of National Poetry Day is to have people encounter poetry in unusual places – being handed a quote card or poetry scroll in the street, on a news bulletin on the radio, on a flyer stuck to a bus stop. And to encourage people to write, read, exchange poetry.


The theme for the 2016 edition is "messages", which can be a great place to start. Why not ask pupils to write a text message or Twitter poem? They may not believe that poetry can be that short, sweet and simple, but focussing on the idea of a message can open the door to who knows how much lyricism!

Performance poetry, or slam, is very popular with teenagers, and reciting poetry is a fabulous exercise in oral expression. A great opportunity to have pupils focus on pronunciation but also expression, and really getting their message across.

There is a free ebook of poems to download from the National Poetry Day website. We've made a selection of those that work best for language teaching, with teaching suggestions. Just say it with a poem!

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