Here is the entry to post your poems. I read different poems to you and you had to jot down the words that appealed to you, that somehow had an emotional impact on you for whatever reason. Then you were asked to “use” the key words you took notes of and put them in a meaningful “string” of words so that you would come up with your personal poem, though inspired by the poems by Langston Hughes and Natalia Molebatsi. Some of your poems can have some Italian words scattered here and there because I read to you an Italian translation of Natalia’s “powerful” poem “My pen”. The poems that you read in class reveal that I am right when I state that creative writing activities are really empowering to students. You managed to write poems that sounded truly personal, they were not a “mirror” copy of the ones I read out, though they were fed and nourished by them. It is just amazing how fulfilling listening and writing poetry is. Thanks for your “jewels”. Hope other readers will appreciate them. This time I am not going to post my poem because for the activity that we carried out in class it is important that somebody performs and reads the poems to you.
Your teacher of English.
If you want to learn a bit more about Natalia, visit this website:
and watch this video where you will understand what performed poetry is all about:
If you are interested in Langston Hughes' poems or biography, this website may be of interest to you:
I am also posting this video in which you can hear Hughes read his famous poem "I, too". Enjoy it.