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Hymers Goes Poetic

Thursday, 13 July, 2017

Wondering how to contribute to the celebrations of Hull’s year as UK City of Culture, Hymers College English Department hit on the idea of producing a book of mesostic poetry. The initiative was launched on World Book Day by Head of Department, Rachel Elstone, at a school assembly.

Pupils and teachers throughout the school, from Year 4 to Year 12, were invited to contribute poems, some were given class time to make a start, and hundreds of poems were submitted within a period of two or three weeks.

Mesotic poetry uses a central word or phrase to create a spine around which the lines of the poem are built. The central word or phrase communicates the poem’s theme, and, as a form, it is quite easy to write, allowing ideas to grow creatively.

The only requirement for the poems written at Hymers was that their themes should be linked to Hull, Culture or 2017. Ideas used ranged from  “We Are Hull” through “Humber Bridge”, “KC Stadium”, “Old Town” and “Hull Fair” to “The Blade”, thus creating a collection which reflected the city, its history and landmarks, and the flavour of its year as City of Culture.

Headmaster, David Elstone, wrote a preface built round the central phrase, “Hymers College”, and the book was professionally published by White Box, with a striking cover design by a Year 12 pupil.

Copies are now selling at a cost of £5 from the school’s Learning Resource Centre, providing, it is hoped, a lasting souvenir of a special year in the life of the city.

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