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Explore new poetic forms with Matt Windle


"The best way to generate ideas is just to start writing!"

Matt Windle pro boxer and poet, is Birmingham’s #PoetWithPunch.

He works full time across England as a spoken word poet to deliver workshops, performances & boxercise classes to schools, libraries, foster homes, young offenders, residential care homes and various other establishments, all whilst fighting at a national level as a boxer. He has worked in schools as far away as Indonesia and Malaysia whilst not forgetting performances in Germany and Austria.

Matt has created a series of fun, accessible videos to help you explore writing poetry in different forms.

From how to write rhymes and mastering acrostic poems to the ultra short Japanese form of poetry called the Haiku, with just three short lines, he's shared tons of helpful tips and tricks to inspire you and hone your poetry-writing skills.

Watch the videos below to go into depth with different poetic forms exploring their history, uses, and writing methods.

Watch Workshop 1: How to write rhymes

Looking to step up your rhyming skills?

In this video, Matt Windle talks to you about how and why to use rhyme in poems and spoken word. He looks at what we mean by rhyme, why some words rhyme with others, and sets you some challenges for creating you own rhymes.

Watch Workshop 2: How to write Tanka

Put pen to paper using this helpful video, where Matt Windle explains the Tanka, a Japanese form of poetry, helping you to start drafting your own.

" A thesaurus can be your best friend when writing syllable-restrictive poetry"

Watch Workshop 3: How to write Haiku

Sometimes in writing, less is more! In this video this video workshop from poet Matt Windle, you'll learn about the Haiku, a Japanese form of poetry with 3 short lines.

Watch Workshop 4: How to write Acrostic poetry

In this video, you'll get to know acrostic poetry, learning about its rich history and features, before trying your hand Matt's acrostic writing challenges.

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