There are many different ways to tell a story. Simon Armitage is an amazing storyteller, often finding new and exciting ways to tell a story in his poems.
Look at the following poem, in which Simon uses a list of objects to tell a mysterious story.
The list is a list of all the things found on a dead body. Look carefully at the poem. What can you deduce from the list?
Simon Armitage creates a story out of a list of objects and that is what we’ll be doing in this activity.
But instead of focusing on an individual, we are going to focus on the place where we live.
About his Person
Five pounds fifty in change, exactly,
A library card on its date of expiry.
A postcard stamped,
unwritten, but franked,
A pocket size diary slashed with a pencil
from March twenty-fourth to the first of April.
A brace of keys for a mortise lock,
An analogue watch, self winding, stopped.
A final demand
in his own hand,
A rolled up note of explanation
planted there like a spray carnation
But beheaded, in his fist.
A shopping list.
A giveaway photograph stashed in his wallet,
a keepsake banked in the heart of a locket.