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Epigram – Epigrams are short and witty poems that are sometimes a couplet or quatrain (four-line stanza), but can be just a single line. They can be satirical and are often powerful statements with funny endings. The daughter of Ann Druyan and Carl Sagan, co-founder of The Planetary Society of course. Ann Druyan, friend of the show, friend of The Society. Sasha Sagan who was featured on our show about a year ago when her own book came out. I just find that a very fitting close. I will tell you another secret about this, Sasha closed herself up in a closet at her house, record that, so that she'd have reasonably good acoustics and I'm very grateful.

So if you fancy delving deeper into space poetry with KS2 learners, we’ve prepared a fantastic selection of resources to help you on your way: If you liked this resource, you might also want to try our Earth and Space Acrostic Poem Template. This easy-to-use template provides the structure - all kids need to do is complete each line! This poem earns its place on this list not just because it’s a great poem about astronomy, but because it was written by one of the greater scholars and translators of a great astronomical poet, namely the Roman poet Manilius (who wrote a long poem titled Astronomica). Rhyming couplet – A rhyming couplet is a pair of lines with the same meter, or syllabic rhythm, that end in a rhyme. A rhyming couplet poem can have as many pairs of lines as the writer wishes but must have at least one pair.It matters not that their reason approve or scoff, and, upright on its high walls, hold out to them, along the quays and harbours, its bright torches; they are the travellers from beyond the sea.

Why not print off some of these song sheets and poems to display around your classroom in a space-themed corner? Or sing one of them together in assembly.

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But the more I started looking for these poems early on in this project, the more I found writers who were really digging in and really doing research or really coming to this topic with their own love and enthusiasm or with really serious questions about what's involved in the process of going to space or thinking about space. And through what poets bring to the table, I think we get kind of different perspectives on space flight. In popular music maybe it doesn't go quite as deep but poems, one thing that I think poems do well is that they can allow us to kind of sit with something and sit with a small detail and really think about it from a lot of different directions at once.

One of Frost’s short, pithy poems, ‘But Outer Space’ essentially says that although the vastness of outer space holds a fascination for many people, there isn’t much out there except for … space. Speaking of rolling random, random, random, random space fact, space fact. Mars and Earth approach each other in their orbits every 26 months we've just past that point. But because the orbits are elliptical, particularly Mars this cost approach distance is very significantly, I've also mentioned this. Let me give you an idea of how different they are. The farthest close approaches of Earth and Mars are almost twice as far as the closest close approaches and it's fun to say. Thus, the angular diameter at closest is about twice the angular diameter at farthest, therefore, wait for it, the angular area's almost four times bigger, keep wait for it, which means Mars can be four times brighter when we have close-close approaches than far close approaches, man, that terminology is complicated. Sorry about that. Blast off into the unknown and discover a galaxy of KS2 poems with this space KS2 resource from Pie Corbett. Or, if you’re using these poems as part of a topic or event about space, then perhaps you’d like our UKS2 World Space Week Differentiated Reading Comprehension. Perfect for kids in years 5 and 6, this comprehension task is bound to deepen their space knowledge and boost close reading skills. I think so too Matt. I would say it's a form of translation really. It's a form of communicating from one realm, one kind of discourse to another. It creates a sense of participation and community.Yeah. Apollo 11 command module was Columbia, Apollo 15 command module is Endeva, and Apollo 17, the lunar module was Challenger. Chris, what is the reaction been to the book so far? I know that from what I have received, that it has been pretty near ecstatic and very welcome.

When a massive star uses up the last of its energy, the pressure produced by the heat drops, causing gravity to compress the star into a tiny space. The result is a supernova, an incredible phenomenon where this sudden collapse causes a massive explosion.As I said earlier, Julie and I were working on the project and ran up hard against the need to actually pay publishers and pay the poets to reprint this work because that's their labor and poets get really rich from their poems. So we need to pay. Don't quit your day job if you're a poet, but the permission fees mounted and so we approached the Sloan foundation and said, we've got this wonderful project and would you be able to support it? And they were so responsive and have been just incredible. As part of that we were having conversations with them and they offered the services of John Lodsdon, the Dean of space flight, history and policy. And so he wrote this terrific historical overview, which we hope will be of a special note to folks who might be coming to this book more from the poetry side of things and may not have the sort of depth of knowledge about the history and the historical context of the space age. With our beautifully-written, fully-illustrated rhyming space poems for KS2, you and your learners can immerse yourselves in the wonders of space, all from the comfort of your classroom! Yes indeed, I know. That's one of the things that we can do in poetry is assume those perspectives that perhaps would be impossible otherwise. But listening to her read the poem made me think we should be embedding a poets and artists again, the NASA artists program has gone on for so long with visual artists at launches and facilities and that's produced an incredible array of paintings and drawings and photographs. And we should be embedding poets when things are being launched and landings are occurring at JPL and have sort of, the creative momentary history recorded by those artists as well. Dawn, darkness, evening, space and the stars; that which the night conceals or shows between its veils is mingled with the fervour of our exalted being. Those who live with love live with eternity.

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