Bronze Arts Award Group working on the Dickens Challenge

Bronze Arts Award Group working on the Dickens Challenge

As World Poetry Day approaches members of the Turrets Bronze Arts Award group have been working on their Dickens Challenge.  In keeping with the ethos of the Olympic Generator Game, an online interactive poetry bank, the young people have been using a bank of words drawn from the 8 Dickens poems mentioned in the previous blog post as inspiration for their own poems.

One of the group immediately saw a Hero’s journey storyline in the poems and is working on a narrative poem about Lucy’s story, another started with ‘worms’ as the stimulus for a power point presentation incorporating finger acting to illustrate the poem.  As ever I am amazed at the creative imaginations of these talented young people.

If you would like to join in the challenge, use the word bank below to construct your own poems or quatrains and comment about the process.


a and angels alone are around at autumn beautiful bed bid blew bough brake brave by came cell child childhood choice cold command creatures creepeth dainty dale day deep didst done down drear drove dusting Edmund eat earth ere eventide father far feet few food for forest Gabriel George glade god green grown Grub had hand he head hear heavenly here high his holy hopes how hundred human hymn I in is ivy juicy keep kneel’d labourers land landscape lay leaves lie life like lodgings lone Lucy man me meadow meal(s) mound my Northon O oer of oh old on one pale peaceful people’s plant prayer prophet pure quiet raved rich richly right rocky round ruins sad sand sat saved see shade shadows ship slake sleep smite so song steal stone stream strewn Squire that their thick thirst thy to upon vigil water(s) ween wide wind when whence who Wiltshire worms wreck

Feeling dauntedIt is possible.  In true ‘Blue Peter’ style, here’s one I made earlier:

Lord Balliol’s Song

At eventide shadows slake the mound

Whence Balliol’s castle steals its ground.

Ivy creepeth o’er the land

Like autumn leaves strewn by hand.

You may have noticed that I’ve added a few words.  That’s allowed.  As is a change of tense for the verbs.  Have a go and see what you come up with!