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Collage Poetry

Poetry in the everyday

Having spent a semester reading, appreciating and analysing poetry and prose by other writers, our IP3 Literature 1 students were inspired to create their own poems through found poetry. Found poetry is a longstanding literary tradition by which poets borrow lines from existing texts and refashion them into a new text. As a practice of borrowing and reassembling, the found poem echoes the classical cento form and the visual collage. Mining the texts they find in everyday life, especially texts that are often seen as mundane and unpoetic for new meaning, the students have assembled different cultural fragments from magazines, newspapers and product packaging to present surprising perspectives on change, reunions, healing, beauty and more.

"Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old."

~ Franz Kafka

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