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Fisherman Chant

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Chants usually use lots of repetition and have a sing song tone. If you read this poem again you will see what we mean.

This is a great poem for turning into a dramatic performance with one or two friends. Think about how you can bring the river in the poem to life and how you can create an atmosphere that reflects the feelings of the fisherman.

Look at the lines beginning with O - these are lines full of feeling! Try out different tones of voice to find what works best. Think about how to give weight to the lines you really want your listeners to remember. Could you use changes in pace to help with this?

When you are happy with what you have created perhaps you can show it to other people.

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Sister river
Brother river
Mother river
Father river
O life giver
O life taker
O friend river
What have you
in store
for a poor
fisherman
today.

From my boat
I cast my net
to your heart
O friend river
and I hope
you return it
gleaming with silver
O friend river

Sister river
Brother river
Mother river
Father river
O life giver
O life taker
O friend river
What have you
in store
for a poor fisherman
today?

Fisherman Chant

by John Agard