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Monday, 6 June 2016

BOAST POEMS - Inspired by Muhammad Ali (1942-2016)

Muhammad Ali came up with some wonderful quotes. Lots of them actually read like poetry, and are surely the precursors of the belligerent, boastful lyrics that characterise certain strains of hip-hop. This can form a really interesting basis for poetry. What outlandish boasts can you come up with? Start off with a list of adjectives, then turn each one into a ridiculous boast. You can turn the poem into a riddle like mine if you want, or you can combine the lines to create a group poem. Finally, you can finish by having a battle in class!

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Quote by Muhammad Ali

I done wrestled with an alligator,
I done tussled with a whale;
handcuffed lightning,
thrown thunder in jail;
only last week, I murdered a rock,
injured a stone,
hospitalised a brick;
I'm so mean
I make medicine sick

What am I? by Joshua Seigal


than a butterfly princess
than a gorilla on steroids
than a professor with two brains
than a warrior in a lion’s cage
than diamond girders
than a hamster-sized kitten
than a torpedo made of light
than a sultan who won the lottery
than a headmaster with no trousers
than sugar-coated ice cream.

What am I?

A: a liar.