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Seashell

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Poem Activity

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Have you ever placed a shell to your ear and imagined you can hear the sighing sound of the sea? This poem makes us think of the sights, sounds and stories we associate with the sea.

There are just nine lines and only 40 words here so you will want your audience to hear every syllable of every word. Which are the words that make you think most about the sea? Can you hear words in the poem where the sounds they make when you speak them make you hear the sea?

The second verse is quite spooky mentioning “moans” and “ghost monsters”. How will you use your voice to create the right atmosphere?

The final word is quite an unusual way to end a poem. Experiment with different ways of saying “ahhh” until you are happy that it’s the right sound to leave in the ears of your listeners.

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Shell at my ear –
come share how I hear
busy old sea in whispers.

Moans rise from ancient depths
in ocean sighs
like crowds of ghost monsters.

Waves lash and fall –
in roars and squalls
with all a mystery ahhh!

Seashell

by James Berry