Masterclasses with the PoetTuesday, 04 April, 2017
Students are inspired by IGCSE syllabus poet, Amanda Chong
Above: Amanda gives lessons in poetry and, in particular, 'Timbuktu' and 'lionheart'.
Last week, CIS was excited to welcome Singaporean poet Amanda Chong who penned 'lionheart', a poem studied by Cambridge IGCSE English Literature students. It was such a treat to hear a famous poem recited and then explained by the actual poet who wrote it. After telling students a little about her background (she is also a lawyer), she explained how she came to write her award-winning poem when she was only 16. The poem reflects her patriotic pride as a young Singaporean and depicts the founding of Singapore. The 'lion' refers to the Merlion, the mythical national icon and whose statue sits majestically looking over Marina Bay. Amanda's poem is engraved on a plaque there, alongside poems written by older poets. Keystage 3 students enjoyed their own workshop with Amanda - the poem she chose was called 'Timbuktu', a moving recollection of her grandmother. Many thanks, Amanda, for spending time at CIS.