This section is dedicated to the memory of...
When lady Diana Spencer died the whole world mourned. To us all Diana was a symbol of kindness and undeserved sorrow and then, suddenly, she was no more here to remind us that sometimes even the most generous person does not get happiness and love from life, no matter how good, rich or famous they are.
|Witch Hazel's introduction:||Lady Diana Spencer has left a void in our lives. Certainly not us and not even the younger generations will easily forget her. So why not to have a lesson on her? She certainly may teach our students something about love and poetry...|
|Instructions for the teacher:||Print the following pages and give them out to the students.|
|Type of activity:||Creative writing: how to write a poem by using metaphors|
|NLP skills:||What metaphors are about. (See page about metaphors in the NLP section)|
|Witchy's comment:||Far better than Elton John's song I like the simple poem which was published on the Internet soon after She left us. Read it with me, please.|
simple and touching poem so many words suggest sorrow and grief and too
few are related to happiness. And it is even sadder to notice that she could
only find happiness in a novel or in her dreams. However, as an ultimate
act of love to Diana, I
would like to
ask you to put
these words under each category
while thinking once again of Her...
(The chart is below the poem)
Rising up from this small bed
I reach high
but not high enough to reach her arm
mother's hair blows softly in the wind
and I rock
I see her cry with her favourite novel
the one with the worn edge
and watermarked pages
it's the one with the happy ending
the one that dreams are made of
but destiny destroyed
mother once said time healed all wounds
in time mine will heal too
Dedicated to the late Princess Diana
and Her children who will be remembered
in many hearts. God bless Her
|Old age||Falling dried autumn leaves||Visual|
|Happiness||Murmuring of a running river||Auditory (hearing)|
|Youth||A children game||Kinaesthetic (relating to touch, feeling and movement)|
|Sadness||A rose bud||Guess!|
|True love||Write it yourself!
Now get back to Elton Johns song and find as many metaphors as you can and write them in a chart like the one above. A suggestion for your search: start from the title...
Why dont you try to write yourself a poem to Dianas memory? After doing this activity you might discover youve got a natural talent
Follow these steps:
Old age will never touch you
Your life will be yours for ever
And happiness will be with you
Youth will never leave you
And youll never know sadness again
In my true love you will find your peace
and together well ignore false friends and journalists
This is my promise to YOU
And I state my words are as
true as my feelings
Falling dried autumn leaves will never linger on your face
And nobody will hush the murmuring of your running river
Or stop children games before your door
Your ... will never wither
And youll never meet . ..again
My .. will be your friend
In my heart you will find your ...
And together well defeat hyenas and ..
This is my promise to you
And my words are as true
as it is true that .. is in the sky
or the .. are in the ocean
Do you see what kind of magic happens when you use metaphors? Now think of something which is particularly precious to you: a friend, a place, your mum (why not? ;-) ) Write a short paragraph about that. Just take care of starting a new line for each concept as it happens in poems. Then underline the concepts which can be substituted with a metaphor. Just see what happens...
Examples of metaphors:
Winter: an empty fridge
Summer: a broken air conditioning system
Videogames: paradise lost
A lie: a knife in the back
Homework: a pain in the neck!
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