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Anthony Roberts’ poetry activity 3rd April 2020


Create at Home

I LOVE poems

Poetry can be fun too! Really it can.  Anyone can write a poem.  Anyone can read a poem. 


Here’s how to write a poem. 

  1. Think one of your favourite things.
  2. It can be a person, a place, a pet  or something you enjoy doing.
  3. Make a list of words you associate with your chosen subject
  4. Read them out
  5. You have a poem!

Make it longer or better by:

  1. Finding any rhymes or thinking of rhymes and putting them next to each to other
  2. Making up little sentences to join them together

Once you’ve done this send it to me: Anthony – [email protected]



Everyday, during lockdown, I find a poem I like and read it aloud. Some poems are funny, some are silly, some are love poems, some are sad poems, some are long and some are short. A poem often comes alive when you read it aloud.  If you want to record a poem you can send it to me by email or my WhatsApp 07814 695598.

You can see my poems on Colchester Arts Centre Facebook Page

All child friendly (except number 13 by Philip Larkin!) Skip that one!

Here’s a fun one to try:


By Spike Milligan

Smiling is infectious,
you catch it like the flu,
When someone smiled at me today,
I started smiling too.

I passed around the corner
and someone saw my grin.
When he smiled I realized
I’d passed it on to him.

I thought about that smile,
then I realized its worth.
A single smile, just like mine
could travel round the earth.

So, if you feel a smile begin,
don’t leave it undetected.
Let’s start an epidemic quick,
and get the world infected!