Genre Mix 01 (Middle years)

Genre Mix

Lyric poem

Sometimes you're just drifting in a boat or a bus or train and looking at the world, mind wandering. This poem captures that feeling through rhythm, rhyme and imagery.

How does it do that?

  • It uses a steady rhythm of words. That makes it feel slow, comforting and thoughtful – almost dream-like.
  • It rhymes. This helps with rhythm. Also, rhyming words feel nice! Even if you don’t realise it, your brain tries to predict a rhyming word, which feels good.
  • It uses gentle words and phrases like ‘golden’, ‘flows along for ever’, ‘castles of the foam’, ‘a-floating’, and ‘a-boating’. This dreamy imagery helps your mind to drift. 

Take a look.

Dark brown is the river,
Golden is the sand.
It flows along for ever,
With trees on either hand.

Green leaves a-floating,
Castles of the foam,
Boats of mine a-boating-
Where will all come home?

Where Go the Boats?Robert Louis StevensonSource

Hunters in the Snow (Winter)

Grey-blue, the frozen sky,
Sharp white, the fallen snow,
A blanket covers everything,
From trees to ground below.

Families a-skating,
The hunters amble, slow.
Hungry folk, a-waiting,
How did the hunting go?

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