Found Poems

Now have a go at using some of the lines from Thunberg’s speech to form your own writing. Write down any lines or words that jumped out at you, and arrange them in a order to make a poem – they don’t need to be complete sentences, and it doesn’t have to tell a story or even make much sense. Instead, think about using your poem to express one or some of the feelings you wrote down. 

For example, how might you use the line “I don’t want your hope” to express anger throughout the poem? Could you repeat it? Is it the title? 

If you have a printer at home, you could even print out the speech and make a blackout poem by crossing out sections of the speech to leave only the most striking lines or the lines that most express your feelings.

Here’s an example of a blackout poem: