From an original idea by Bree Forsyth and Elaine Pearson
For those studying IGCSE Literature, and in particular the poems from the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, the poets on the leaves may be familiar.
Check out one of our latest books On Poetry by Glyn Maxwell described by Adam Newey, Guardian as “a tremendously good book….the best book about poetry I’ve ever read”.
This is one of my favourite trees.
The Falling Of The Leaves
AUTUMN is over the long leaves that love us,
And over the mice in the barley sheaves;
Yellow the leaves of the rowan above us,
And yellow the wet wild-strawberry leaves.
The hour of the waning of love has beset us,
And weary and worn are our sad souls now;
Let us patt, ere the season of passion forget us,
With a kiss and a tear on thy drooping brow.
William Butler Yeats
ROBERT FROST: The road not taken.
World Poetry Day was last week, Friday 21st March, but this graphic representation of Robert Frost‘s thought-provoking poem, “The road not taken” is too well done to be overlooked.
It comes from the cartoon blog Zen Pencils, created by Gavin Aung Than, ” a freelance cartoonist based in Melbourne, Australia. After working in the corporate graphic design industry for 8 years he quit his unfulfilling job at the end of 2011 to focus on his true passion, drawing cartoons. Gavin launched Zen Pencils at the start of 2012, a cartoon blog which adapts inspirational quotes into comic stories, and hasn’t looked back since.” – quoted from his blog.
To see more of his work, look through his Archives – top right menu on the blog.
This month Gina Rinehart, an Australian mining heiress, is officially the world’s richest woman. Not only did she inherit a lot of money, but she has also managed to increase it, and in February 2012 she became the largest shareholder in newspaper publisher Fairfax Media.
“When she made her debut on the rich list after her father’s death in 1992, her net wealth was estimated at A$75 million. Now she is worth 386 times as much.” She is not stupid.
What would you do with a mining empire? Write a poem? How about engraving a poem on a plaque and fixing it onto a 30-ton iron ore boulder near your hometown. This is just what Gina Rinehart has done. Professor Haskell (creative writing lecturer at the University of Western Australia) says “As a poet she’s about as good as I am at mining….She won’t make much money out of poetry, that’s for sure”. See what you think?
Gina Rinehart’s poem at New Coventry Square Markets in Morley north east Perth.
Our Future by Gina Rinehart
The globe is sadly groaning with debt, poverty and strife
And billions now are pleading to enjoy a better life
Their hope lies with resources buried deep within the earth
And the enterprise and capital which give each project worth
Is our future threatened with massive debts run up by political hacks
Who dig themselves out by unleashing rampant tax
The end result is sending Australian investment, growth and jobs offshore
This type of direction is harmful to our core
Some envious unthinking people have been conned
To think prosperity is created by waving a magic wand
Through such unfortunate ignorance, too much abuse is hurled
Against miners, workers and related industries who strive to build the world
Develop North Australia, embrace multiculturalism and welcome short term foreign workers to our shores
To benefit from the export of our minerals and ores
The world’s poor need our resources: do not leave them to their fate
Our nation needs special economic zones and wiser government, before it is too late.
Yes, it’s true. This blog link from the NZ National Library tells about the world’s largest knitted poem – Dylan Thomas’ In My Craft or Sullen Art.
From the blog you can read the full text of the poem, and, even more exciting and challenging, try your hand at writing, then printing your own knitted poem within the provided interactive frame.
We look forward to seeing some of your efforts, and will be pleased to consider organising a display when/if sufficient are received.