Poetry can be seen as a form of self-expression – a way for people to share their thoughts, feelings, and emotions creatively and uniquely. For many, poetry can be a therapeutic outlet, providing a space to explore personal thoughts and experiences. It can also be a way to connect with others, sharing stories and perspectives in a way that can create understanding and connection.
Poetry can take many forms, from traditional rhyming verse to free-form or experimental pieces. There are no rules or boundaries, which can make writing a very freeing and liberating form. Whether you're looking to express yourself creatively, explore your emotions, or connect with others, poetry can be a powerful tool.
At the Western International School of Shanghai (WISS), we celebrate the power of poetry as an excellent way through which students further develop and improve their creative writing and speaking skills.
Poetry is considered one of the most artistic, pure, and beautiful forms of expression. It motivates students to express their emotions through words and helps develop and acquire essential 21st Century Skills, such as open-mindedness, inquiry, and communication.
In the words of Rosalinda de Lima, SecondarySchool EnglishTeacher at Western International School of Shanghai:"When introducing poetry in my classes, we start with a discussion about Carol Duffy's quote, You can find poetry in your everyday life, your memory, in what people say on the bus, in the news, or just what's in your heart.From that moment on, students become curious to explore the world around them and discover how poetry is part of their daily lives.The class becomes a space to analyze lyrics that raise awareness and invite social changes, use narrative poems to tell stories, and enrich their writing with literary devices. In addition, students learn how to play with words, use voice and tone to express emotions and, more importantly, have fun while sharing their views on the world because suddenly, they realize that POETRY is all around us."
Today's #TigerPride goes to two of our Secondary students whose poems have been awarded first and third place in the Writing Competition run by Urban Family Shanghai, bringing together writing compositions of international school students from schools across China.
Ocean and Michelle are both true WISSians, who explore every opportunity to develop their passions in learning and in life. WISS is so proud of Ocean and Michelle, as they are true representations of what it means to be a WISS student.
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