Michael Rosen's Top 10

Michael Rosen has reviewed the poems uploaded to Perform a Poem and created a top ten of his favourites. He has given brief comments on what he likes most about the performances.

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My Brother

Michael says:
'Engages with real family life. Good use of two voices and rhythm'

A Tree Stands Alone And Wangar's Dream

Michael says:
'Creative use of image / solo and chorus. Clear sound without background notice'

The Mysterious Sea

Michael says:
'Interesting use of digital effect to support the poem content'

The Bombers Are Coming

Michael says:
'Inclusive approach with good use of Rhythm and percussion'


Michael says:
'Well rehearsed, great use of costumes and props'

In The Gatehouse

Michael says:
'Nice use of movement - whole class involvement. Clear sound and good use of space.'


Michael says:
'Thought about the setting – taken it out of the classroom. Setting suites the poem.....which is funny!'

Love is ...

Michael says:
'Good use of PowerPoint. Shows us that we can use print / image / music in combination to create a range of different ways to perform poems'

I Opened A Book

Michael says:
'Yes – I know it's my poem......Class 11 have brilliantly interpreted it with monologues from 'Inside the wood' added.

Really good use of video effected sand prop(s)'

Parents Evening

Michael says:
'Staging set to suit the poem.

Despite poor audio, the performance enhances the poem emphasising the context of the subject'