BRIDPORT OPEN BOOK AT SIR JOHN COLFOX SCHOOL

As part of this year’s Bridport Open Book, spoken word poet Chris Redmond spent two days at the Sir John Colfox school working with a group of Year 9 students. They looked particularly at kennings, an Anglo-Saxon literary device in which a new noun or a noun phrase is used to replace a more familiar noun. Examples from Anglo-Saxon poetry, where they were very common, include calling the sea “the whaleroad” a sword a “battlefriend” and the body a “bonehouse.”

Here are some of the Kennings produced by the Year 9’s who worked collaboratively on the poems.

 

Face Changer
by Eva, Mimi and Charlotte

I look in the mirror and apply my
Imperfection eraser
Never off
Always on
Face changer
Life changer
Trend setter
Habit maker
Apply my concealer
Identity stealer
Apply foundation
Perfection indicator
New me
Unnatural me
Emotional self esteem
In a powder puff

If I ruled…
by Riley, Shaun and Leon

School is the dark side
But at times it’s a life changer
However it’s young labour
If we could rule the school
It would be football heaven, cricket crazy
Awesome archery
If we didn’t rule the school
There would be student salvation
Happiness demise
If we could rule the school
There would be texting class, horse heaven
Flawless fashion, gossip galore.

 

Moon
by Carly, Marina and Jordan

A bright light
A wonder of white
A nightmare starter
And a day breaker

We have never seen the other side
Which is called the dark side
The American flag still stands
On that windless land

The waxing and waning
The pulling and fading
It looks like a boom sight
So give us that light please

A bright light
A wonder of white
A nightmare starter
And a day breaker

I look up most nights
It’s such a beautiful sight
It’s never the same
But I love it anyway

It’s crowded by stars
Also his close friend called Mars
Waves are pounding
Wolves are howling

A bright light
A wonder of white
A nightmare starter
And a day breaker