Here are some of my favourite poems found on Instagram that I have shared, or would want to share, with my students – and I recommend you share them with yours. I’ve added ideas for discussion questions right below the poem.
1. Unnamed Poem by Diana Levy
- How has the poet personified nostalgia?
- How has the poet used the five senses to create evocative imagery?
- Describe the memories of your childhood.
- Which sensory images would you use to capture your country?
2. Have You Ever Noticed by Rudy Francisco
- Comment on the form and structure of the poem (title, punctuation, stanzas, etc.)
- How has the poet personified water?
- What is the lesson conveyed through the poem?
- Can you think of another lesson that one can learn from water? (e.g. its flexibility, transparence, life-giving nature, its paradoxical calm and force, etc.)
3. A Letter to the Playground Bully by Andrea Gibson
- Comment on the title of the poem and how it relates to the content.
- What is meant by ‘reading between the lines,’ and what information about the poet can we glean from reading between the lines of this poem?
- What kind of people does the poet’s mother describe? Explain the metaphor of heartbeats used here.
- Do stereotypes affect our self image – how?
4. The Problem of Writing Poems in the Shape of Deciduous Trees by Brian Bilston
- Comment on the shape of the poem.
- Why can we still read the poem in spite of the missing letters?
- Where is the poet? How do you know?
- Make a list of the missing letters. Where have they gone?
Do you use poems in class? Which poems do your students read and like?
One thought on “Instagram Poems For ESL Students”