Sixth Grade Student Writes Reverse Poem About Dyslexia That Has The Internet In Awe
Step aside, Robert Frost and Walt Whitman. There’s a new poet in town and she’s a sixth-grade student in Watford, United Kingdom. She impressed her teacher by writing a poem that correlated with a learning disability. When her teacher shared the poem on social media, it deeply moved many individuals by its creativity and heartwarming message.
Learning About Dyslexia
Sixth grade English teacher Jane Broadis instructed her students to study poems that could be read forwards and backward. She was hoping they would learn more about learning disabilities. This includes dyslexia, a disorder characterized by one’s difficulty reading, spelling, “sounding out” words or writing.
Wanting to raise more awareness, Broadis instructed her students to write their own poems. “Sadly, so often in schools, children with dyslexia never hear that they are often able to think in ways others cannot,” she said.
Of course, Broadis enjoyed her students’ work but there was one poem that moved her more than the others. Her student, identified as AO, wrote a poem in which the first read presents the idea that the speaker of the poem feels stupid.
Here’s the text of the poem:
I am stupid
Nobody would ever say
I have a talent for words
I was meant to be great
That is wrong
I am a failure
Nobody could ever convince me to think that
I can make it in life.
NOW READ UP
Once you begin reading the poem from the last line up, it presents a different message. Starting with the line “I can make it in life” and subsequently reading each line above the next, the poem delivers a confident and inpiring message, not to mention a mastery of reverse poetry. It’s a creative writing technique even the most talented poets fail to accomplish.
Broadis shared the poem on Twitter, hoping it would inspire others with its creativity. She thought it was brilliant enough to be published someday. The poem went viral with many Twitter users commenting that the child poet is smarter than they ever will be.
One user remarked that he was treated differently because of his dyslexia. He appreciated that the poem shed light on a learning disability that deserves more awareness. One person added, “As someone who is dyslexic, I found it very moving. Well done to that student.”
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