Poetry Presentation by John Kelly

Poetry Presentation by John Kelly

A poet is, before anything else, a person who is passionately in love with language. ~ W. H. Auden

John Kelly is such a person. My Year 11 English class was fortunate to hear Adelaide-born poet, John, read from his most recent poetry collection, A Schoolbag Full. In his discussion about the poems, John’s love of language and literature was paramount, nor was it lost on his audience.

“I really enjoyed listening to John’s poetry presentation. I liked listening to him read his poetry out aloud to us and I also enjoyed listening to the backstory and meaning behind the poems he wrote about his family and childhood.” Lucy

“Listening to John Kelly read his poems and speak about poetry, was a truly valuable experience, which opened me to a new perspective on poetry and broadened my understanding of the power of literature.” Layla

In his presentation, John read poems on a similar theme, comparing the writing and language choices he made. This has been of great benefit to my students who will do the same in their discussion of the poems they select for their next assessment task.

Ms Elizabeth Boylan
Stage 1 English Teacher