NATIONAL POETRY DAY 2020
- V I S I O N -
EYESIGHT versus VISION
The subject for National Poetry Day 2020 is VISION. I ask myself whether there is a difference between these two subjects and for certain a philosopher would say 'yes'. I would say that sight, such a really valuable thing for all living things, is really important - yes - but I see vision as being very related to the mind rather than to the eyes.
VISION: an understanding of what is seen - ie information from many sensory systems to create a perception of reality.
Even small children can visualize things. Try this: 'Do you want a sweet or a biscuit?' Do they understand these words? Yes, even my dog understands many words because the word brings a link to their visualization of the thing they have learned to enjoy. Threats can lead to visualization: 'If you don't finish your dinner then you can't have your pudding.' This was often said to children of my generation and we visualized our pudding as being something we really enjoyed, without seeing it before us.
SIGHT: 'Say: 'Can you see your mother in the kitchen?' The child will automatically look in the kitchen, and not try to visualize their mother - well, if they are at home of course.
MY OWN POEMS FOR NATIONAL POETRY DAY 2020
1 'VISION' - For older children, in particular, make sure that you use the word 'Vision' as the main heading of your poem, and then, especially in the early verses show clearly that you have understood this word. I speak of my VISION for the future and this word is an abstract noun, of course, and it relates to my HOPES. Even if you were building a house you would need vision and also hope in your mind and heart, I would think.
I really do have the vision and also the hope that we will get through this very difficult time in our lives and that for all of us, our vision for tomorrow and also our hopes, will be for a better world where people are more caring towards each other and towards our Planet Earth. I hope this comes through in my poem because I thought a lot about this subject before writing it.
2 'THE GOOD GIFT OF SIGHT': - For younger children, without the philosophical
knowledge, perhaps, between vision and sight, I have related this poem to the appreciation of having good eyesight. How wonderful to be able to see the wonderful colours of things particularly in our natural world. I would say that we all feel better when the sun shines and lights up the world around us, and we should care for our eyes and thank God that we can see well, looking outwards towards the world around us.
Ask them to discuss the things which they most enjoy seeing. Of course, it could be Mum's apple pie, but they'll also then want to eat it I guess.'
3 'EYE-TALK':- When we are born we can soon see the world around us and can recognize things, but we also, gradually, see that our eyes can perceive more than this. We can see that people talk with their eyes as well as their mouths. The sounds which come from someone's mouth are what we may hear, but the look on their faces tell us a lot too. Ask the children to show clearly to their partner that they are happy without saying anything. Ask them then to show they are sad and after that, to show that they are angry.
This poem is a 'senses' poem and one of the senses is 'sight', but let them learn some verses and put on a poetry performance. No, they must LEARN their words and put away paper, or words on this screen. Then let them put eye expression into their performance, and perhaps also body language. This is an important part of poetry performance too and something they will be quite used to from an early age.
Sadly, I am often invited into classrooms via skype, to see a poetry performance and to speak to the children etc and they stand before me, heads down, mumbling into a piece of paper. Sometimes they are halfway through a poem before I even recognize which poem they are performing. Don't let this happen in your class!
HAPPY NATIONAL POETRY DAY 2020