citius altius fortius - swifter higher stronger
16th May 2012
The Olympic motto 'Citius Altius Fortius' represents the perfect springboard for creating an original and exciting poem. In class today, we analysed the words of the motto and used them as the beginning word for three stanzas charting the journey of the Olympic flame from 'birth' through to 'adulthood'. We looked at photos taken from Google Images of different stages of the flame's journey and read this recent article from The Guardian for background information. We worked together to identify some of the images and Olympic associations in this examplar poem, which follows the suggested structure:
Citius Altius Fortius
Swifter than a spark I was born,
A spark struck from a golden disc.
I shot down in a sudden stream from the highest heavens
And burst into life,
Kicking and screaming in my silver cradle.
Higher than the spotless sky
My mother gazed down at me
With a shimmering smile, flaming with pride
As they held me aloft,
Armoured in bronze.
Stronger than Hercules,
Heavy with heroism,
I surged through streets,
Raced over raging rivers
Until I arrived at the city gates,
My destiny blazing.
Citius Altius Fortius.
Then the children began working on their own poems. Here is what a couple of them came up with...
Swifter than Perseus
A fireball burning hot
I came from a golden ball
And was born
Rolling on my silver bed
Higher than Zeus
My mother stared at me
From Mount Olympus
As they carried me
Covered in bronze
Stronger than Hercules
Running through the streets
Until I reached
by Tenison (aged 7)
The Olympic Torch
Swifter than lightning I was born
A spark struck from a golden disc
Kicking and punching in my silver cradle
My mother gazed down at me from space
Higher than a golden eagle flying over a mountain
Flying faster than a jet plane
I raced through the winds
Stronger than a dragon's breath
Harder than a bronze sword
The Olympic flame blazing as bright as the sun
Shinier than bronze, silver and gold
Blazing wildly with Olympic power!
by Arthur (aged 7)
These are the support materials if you would like to use this idea yourself: