Young Creator Poetry Exercises
(have some extra paper handy for working out your ideas on)
A 1: Using the Record Office archive s inspiration, write a couplet using the same rhythm as Shakespeare
(two lines in iambic pentameter, it doesn’t matter if it rhymes)
example: “to be or not to be,
that is the question”
rhythm: “de Dum de Dum de Dum de Dum de Dum
de Dum de Dum de Dum de Dum de Dum”
2: Read your couplet out loud, would it work as a ‘rap’? If not, what needs to change?
B) (first get a copy of the List of Executions from the Cornwall Records Office)
1 Pick a year from the list of executions.
2 How many people were hanged at Bodmin jail that year?
3 Were they men or women?
4 What age were they?
5 What is the reason given for their execution?
6 What was their name?
7 Was another person or animal involved in the crime?
C) Use the answers from questions 3, 4 5, 6, and 7, in a 5 line poem which uses rhyme or rhythm.
Use a separate piece of paper.
Your poem can be “free verse”, a “rap” or combine rhyme and rhythm, like a ‘Limerick’.
D) 1) Read over your 5 line poem
see how it sounds in rhythm,
for example: da Dum da Dum, or Dum de Dum de Dum…
2) Does it make more sense when you read it on the page, or when say it out loud?