Huish Academy

Chris Jelley visits Huish

Year 8 Find Poetic Inspiration in Nature


Students from Year 8 found inspiration in nature when nationally-acclaimed poet, Chris Jelley, visited the school on Thursday, 30th March. 
The poet's workshops included students word harvesting in the fields of the academy and then deconstructing Coleridge's famous poem, Kubla Khan, and re-writing it using their own words. 
English teacher, Mrs Williams, said "The students responded to their fun but challenging tasks with enthusiasm and we had some impressive responses. It was really great to see them so absorbed in their writing and listening intently to the poetry. 


Here is a section of each of the group poems:

 It was a miracle of rare device,

A sunny cluster of wild chives with screeching crows,

Nesting aside.

 A damsel with a sweet song to sing.

In a vision once I saw:

It was a mumbling maid, sat beneath a blooming blossom tree,

And her sweet song she played




His flashing eyes, his wind rustled hair

Weave the branches around him thrice,

And listen to the birds sing with wondrous joy

For he dotted the trees with moss as a boy,

And played in the sticky gumdrop buds of paradise.

 And from this chasm, with ceaseless turmoil seething,

As if these willows in fast flowing winds

Were singing with the seagulls,

A mighty train momentarily was racing past,

Amid whose swift half-intermittent burst

Microphone buds interview the birds

As the trees are waking from winter's flail

Find out more about the other projects Chris Jelley is involved with here


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