03/10/2013 Poetry 2 - Dave Cryer 3

The Ballad of the Boat

 She took her oars inside the boat,

And set sail from the shore.

She said goodbye to all she knew,

To what she’d see no more.


She rowed a while into the night,

Then paused to tell the moon:

‘I will not stop until I find

My future – hope it’s soon.’



Writing tips from Dave – follow the rules or break the rules – you’ll have a poem either way:


·    A ballad is a poem that tells a story

·    Each stanza is a quatrain – four lines

·    Lines one and three have eight syllables – they don’t rhyme

·    Lines two and four have six syllables – they do rhyme

·    Mine is written in the past tense


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Comment by Rosie Pike on October 3, 2013 at 12:00

Her name was Lady Jane of Grey

She had a hollow heart

Her true love had refused her

And so they grew apart


She finally reached an island

Which she welcomed with glee

The beach gleamed with tranquility

Was this her destiny?




- By Elizabeth Brace, Jodie Milne and Charlotte Roberts

Bishop's Stortford College Prep School

Comment by Lynne Coppendale on October 3, 2013 at 12:54

She was running to what was a blob

As she got closer it was a fit man called bob

She took a glance and she could swear

It was no man at all it was a bear


She got so close it growled and rawed

Then in the background she could hear claws


Carl Coleman and Rhys Hampton, Danum Academy, Doncaster

Comment by Jayne Davidson, WHHS, UK on October 3, 2013 at 14:03
Deep within the forest,
The bear began to cry,
The crumpled leaves fell down,
Where the lonely bear lie,
Lady Jane of Grey,
Screamed in delight,
Her Love had not forgotten her,
He brought her away from fright,
They spent their lives together,
Thinking of ideas,
Then one day they found a boat,
The same of which they came,
The Lady Jane of Grey,
Had found her love again…

- By Ben Cottrell, Harry Tugby and Luke Mathers
West Hatch High School

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