Inspiration from Sweden

Instapoetry

Poetry on Instagram has become something of a global phenomenon, with poet Rupi Kaur leading the way. Her poetry, originally posted on her Instagram account, has now been published in the book milk and honey– and it has become the best-selling collection of poetry in the world.

Students explored the world of Instapoetry and discussed how it differs from traditional poetry. The shorter format is appealing to young people, and the simple text makes the poems easier to relate to.  Characteristics of the literary form include limited words with a deep underlying message, without easy answers. The entire poem should fit easily in a picture on social media.

We continued the theme by studying Michaela Forni and Michaela Hamilton, two poets accredited with bringing Instapoetry to Sweden.

Poetry is important in the lives of young people, to awaken strong feelings and break through the superficiality of social media. Social media is being associated more and more with a decline in emotional health among young people, and poetry can help fill a void that social media has created.

Click here for more information on Instapoetry: https://blogs.bl.uk/americas/2018/09/instapoetry-twiction-social-media-short-form-migrant-writing-collection-practices.html

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Emoji-poetry

How do you create Emoji poetry? Students at Klagstorp School and Söderslätt High School in Trelleborg participated in a workshop about creativity, sustainability and the global goals of Agenda 2030.

The high school students came prepared with examples of poetry, which the younger students then helped them put into pictures, based on one or more of the global goals. Working with pictures in this way was an exciting, dynamic process which contributed to language development in all of the participants. Everyone was able to contribute, regardless of how far the younger students may have developed their reading and writing abilities.

The students can continue the project by sharing their poetry with other groups, and discussing how many emojis can have more than one interpretation.

Click here for more information about Emoji poetry: https://www.stephanieberger.com/emoji/

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Black Out Poetry

How do we create lessons that reach our students, that exceed their expectations and awaken creativity? One way is Black Out Poetry!

We used texts from a book written by a popular Swedish rap artist and let the students write poetry, by not writing at all. The technique involves reading someone else’s text, then blacking out everything except the words and lines you want to use to create your poem. This is the perfect way to help inspire students who think that poetry is difficult and awkward to write. Quite often the students change their opinion during these lessons and begin to use poetry in a modern, educational and fun way.

Click here for more information about Black Out Poetry: https://www.bustle.com/p/what-is-blackout-poetry-these-fascinating-poems-are-created-from-existing-art-78781

 Creativity through Cut-up Poetry

Cut-up poetry is a technique that gets your students’ creativity flowing. They create poetry using words and sentences from an existing text. We chose a Swedish compilation of 17 texts written by 17 women, which we connected to the 17 global goals, including equality, gender rolls, unhealthy ideologies and more. The purpose of the texts was to inspire and empower young people.

One of the authors of this book, Johanna Wester, was a guest lecturer at our Sustainable Poetry Project kick-off, and lead an inspirational workshop about poetry connected to goal #5 – equality. Students worked in groups and created poetry using words and sentences from her book. The author then read these poems aloud to conclude the workshop.

Thanks to teacher Jennifer for the translation work!