Ms. Hall’s English students participate in poetry slam
Last Friday, many Honors English 10 classes took a break from their normal routines to watch and partake in poetry slams. Ms. Lauren Hall’s students had the choice of either hot chocolate or decaf coffee which was brewed in the classroom. Everyone brought in eclectic mugs and got ready to listen to some poetry. While most of those who read aloud wrote their own poems, a few read works by other artists after a long week of learning about the art of poetry.
The slam in Hall’s second period began with the English teacher reciting a poem titled “Advice for Students”, which was about the troubles her students could be going through and how everything gets better. At this point, some of the audience started tearing up and getting emotional. Once the snapping had died down, the first student got ready to read a poem.
Participants in the slam had the option to either read a work they wrote themselves, or recite another artist’s work. Sophomore Chris Holland began with some verses from the song “Tiny Glowing Screens Part II” by Watsky.
Most of the poems read had been written by the students themselves, and though some seemed nervous, they all did a great job performing. The first original poem was “Love” by Freshman Ariana Parquette, followed by a poem written by Freshman Maddie Vermillion. Other works included “A Heartbreak”, which was about a breakup, by Sophomore Haile Cruz, “A Man’s Best Friend”, about the bond between a dog and a human, “We Are So Different”, and “Sarcasm” by Freshman Jane Vulic. There were also poems without titles, including ones about a soldier not returning from war, a struggle with cancer, and multiple other writings about love.
Freshman Noah Adams ended the poetry slam with a poem titled “Priorities”, which poses the question, “How can you write about the good when there’s so much evil unseen?” The poem ended the slam on a serious note with lines like, “We’ve got so much war, We don’t learn about that turmoil, We just learn common core”. The audience gave Adams a big round of applause, and just like that the slam was over.
The poetry slam gave students the opportunity to share works of art they had written that they don’t normally have the chance to share. Everyone enjoyed themselves, whether it was because of the hot chocolate or the emotion of the poems.