The City Rings


The Sound Collector

Students in Grade 3 have just been working with the poem ‘The Sound Collector‘ by Roger McGough.

This was an excellent opportunity to share ‘The City Rings’ with the class and use soundscapes from Pacè as provocations for shape poems.

We began by listening to one soundscape example and then used an improv. technique to build ideas and create a story. The idea works as follows:
Yes, and…
Stand with a talking partner.
Play the soundscape then begin the game and it goes something like this:

“I’m wondering how the rain drips down”
“Yes, and…I can hear it being collected in large pool”
“Yes, and…I think there are some electric cables leading into the pool”
“Yes, and…there are crack of sound and sparks flying like lightning…”

You get the idea!
From hear we sketched out ideas and compared these with the sound waves of each soundscape.

Thanks to students from Pacé you are excellent sound collectors and have given us many ideas for our shape poems.

Here’s one poem written by Prokop
The sound collector
By Prokop H.

A stranger called this morning,
Dressed all in black and grey,
Put every sound in a bag,
And carried it away,

The tapping of the cups,
The printing of the receipt,
The blowing of the aggregator,
The unwrapping of the sweet,

The clattering of the knives,
The beeping of the cars,
The thudding of the chairs,
The lighting of cigars,

The ticking of the clock,
The ringing of the bell,
The thundering of thunder,
The humming of the laptop DELL

A stranger called this morning,
He didn’t leave his name,
Only left us silence,
Life will never be the same.

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