Glenn ColquhounGathering Dr. Glenn Colquhoun, born in Papakura, Auckland in 1964, is a New Zealand poet and general practitioner. He practices medicine on the Kapiti Coast. He lives in Waikawa Beach with his young daughter Olive.
THE OTHER SIDE OF A RIVER GatheringWe live on either side of a river. Repetition When I try to talk there is so much to sayShe sits in the day beneath the sun. it sticks in one long sentence which catchesIt seems to orbit her. in the wind and blows away.Her feet are grass soft. She shades her eyes from the sky as if sheAt night I lie on the ground. is looking.I am shivered by the stars. RhymeMy eyes are moon round. Simile When she swims I place my feet in the water.Some days she spins in long grass. My arms float like small branches.Her hands stretch outwards.Her hair is blown. She is a small storm. Metaphor Sometimes I think she will come to me. At night the moon makes a bridge on theSome days I stand very still. Alliteration water.The world breaks open.The sky shakes her hips in front of me. Personificatio Sometimes I think I will go to her.All the shades of green dance and I amflattered. n When the wind blows I lean on the edge of the shore like a bird with my arms out.Sometimes I think she speaks to me.Before I have heard the words fall into the Assonance We live on either side of a river.waterand curl away in small pools.
Imagine... Create a picture or series of images of what you imagine is happening in this poem.There is no right or wrong, that is the beauty of poetry, we can imagine what we want. Use an app that suits you. You may import photos or Processing draw your own to create your image.
Themes in the poem The author has a deep admiration for his love on the other side of the river. ItThis poem seems as though they arehas 2 main destined to be apart.themes: loveand nature. GatheringRecord a Nature is spoken of allquote from the way through thisthe poem poem suggesting that it isfor each the recipient of thetheme. authors love and admiration. He even compares his arms to "small branches" as if he would like to be part of nature.
Types of techniquesSimile, metaphor and personification help thereader to visualise the poem.Gathering
Simile: comparing 2 things by using theThe purpose of asimile is to createa word picture inlike or as. wordsthe readers mindto help them Gatheringimagine what the Processingsubject/objectbeing describedlooks like."My arms float like small branches."1. Identify the 2things beingcompared.2. Record anothersimile from thepoem and identifywhat 2 things arebeing compared.3. Which theme/s
Metaphor: compares 2 things by saying 1 thing is another.The purpose of ametaphor is tocreate a word Processingpicture in thereaders mind tohelp them imaginewhat somethinglooks like."She is a small storm."1. Who or what doyou think shemight be?2. Describe whatshe looks like.3. Explain what ishappening in thepoem at this time.
Personification: gives a non- humanThe purpose of object human characteristics.personification is tohelp the readervisualise andunderstand the Processingcharacteristics of asubject/object."the sky shakes her hips in front of me."1. Explain what youthink the sky wouldbe doing by shakingher hips.2. Describe whatthis line helps youto imagine.3. Which theme isthis techniquelinked to? Explain
Write a visual poemUsing at least 1 simile, 1metaphor and 1personification, write a 4line poem using one ofthe pictures to give youan idea.Use Educreations. Processing Applying
Types of techniquesAlliteration, assonanceand rhyme are soundeffects that help thereader hear thesounds in a poem.
Alliteration is asound effect thatsounds pleasingAlliteration: the repetition of the consonant atto the ear. It canhelpthe beginning of consecutive words. the readerhear the soundsin the setting ofthe poem."Some days I stand very still"1. Describe thesetting of thepoem. What do youthink it lookslike? How do youknow this?Include a quote.2. What sort ofsounds might youhear? Describethem. Does thealliteration in
Write your own alliteration poem.Choose a letter of thealphabet and write a 4line poem about one ofthe pictures.At least 3 words in eachline must start with thesame letter.Use Educreations.
The purpose ofassonance is to Assonance: the repetition of vowelcreate a rhyming sounds insound in a line of consecutive words.poetry. This helpsthe languageflow well andsounds pleasingto the ear."Sometimes I think she speaks to me."1. Record 2 otherexamples ofassonance fromthe poem.2. Read theselines out loud tothe people nextto you. Can youhear the rhymeand the flow?3. Explain whichtheme this
The purpose of Rhyme: words that have similar sounds.rhyme is to helpthe language flowand to add rhythmto a poem. Itsounds pleasing tothe listener."At night I lie on the ground.I am shivered by the stars.My eyes are moon round."1. Underline thewords that rhymein this stanza(verse).2. Explain what youthink the authormeans by I amshivered by thestars.3. Identify andrecord anotherexample of rhyme.
Write a Rhyme!Write a poem of 6-8lines where everysecond line rhymes.Use the pictures asinspiration.Use the mysticalcategory on thePoetry Magnets app
Repetition: to repeat a word orThe purpose ofrepetition is to phrase.emphasise or makesomething clear."We live on either side of a river."This line is repeated atthe end of the poem.1. Identify what theauthor wants thereader to know in thispoem by usingrepetition.2. Explain who we mightbe. Why do you thinkthis? Include a quotefrom the poem.3. Record any otherexamples of repetitionthat you can find in thepoem.
EssayExplain how the author of a poem that you havestudied helped you to enjoy their poem.Write at least 250 words.
IntroductionThe author...helped me to enjoy his poem...byusing poetic techniques such as...The themes in this poem include...
Body paragraphs 1, 2 & 3The first technique used was ...An example from the poem is...This technique helped me to enjoy the poembecause...This technique is linked to the themeof...because…
ConclusionThe poem...by...was made enjoyable throughthe use of...I learnt that these techniques are usefulbecause...The themes in this poem were interestingbecause...