Yea, slimy things did crawl with legs upon the slimy sea
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Main Project: Poetry Induction – The Rime of The Ancient Mariner
We start the year by exploring how we can combine drama and poetry to develop our skills of performance poetry. We will watch a variety of poetry performances and explore how we can begin to understand our our own body language and vocal expression to transform poetry from the page to an engaging experience for an audience. As we move through the different types of sound and figurative devices, we will then read and perform parts of Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s The Rime of The Ancient Mariner, exploring the gothic language and imagery of this ghost story set at sea.
You will develop your skills movement, and understanding of how different vocal expressions can affect the delivery and interpretation of a piece. We will focus on how the different sound devices of a poem help to set the tone and mood of a piece. You will have the chance to create and perform poetry of your own, as well as performing sections from The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.
You will also develop your skills of analysis, selecting quotations and linking ideas through complex and rich texts. this will end in an essay that explores how Coleridge creates tension in a specific part of his poem.
There will be creative writing opportunities throughout this term.
Thinking Focus and Extension:
Tolerance for Ambiguity Addressing the paradoxical nature of the language and rhyme in The Rime of The Ancient Mariner and the suspension of disbelief necessary for the pathetic fallacy to function.
Informal Debate on the nature of performance poetry and exploration of themes present in each of the given poems. Students will also develop their skills of constructive criticism, helping their peers develop their skills of performance, reading, writing and analysis.
Extension Recreate and film a scene from The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, writing a critical commentary as to how ideas developed and helped inform the final piece.
You will explore the social/historical context The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and make comparisons across a range of given poetry. How is each poem written for different audiences and how do the styles of writing differ?
Language and Character:
How do writers’ create characters and an atmosphere that is reflective of an emotion? What are the intentions of a writer when they create an atmosphere? How are audiences expected to react to a writer’s use of language devices and how do we assess if these methods are effective?
Wider Reading and Rhetoric:
There will be a long term project where you will be responsible for the outcome of your own personal research. You may present your project as a mini-lesson, lecture or poetry performance.
You may choose to challenge yourself and look deeper into the genres of performance poetry; short stories and gothic fiction. How are these genres structured and defined? Do they have common themes? How do they appeal to their audiences?