Calligrammes from French Learners

In Fall 2011, students in an Advanced Elementary French class read several of Guillaume Apollinaire’s Calligrammes poems published in 1918. Inspired by Apollinaire’s typographical experiments, students created their own Calligrammes, playing with the coincidence of visual and semantic meaning. Please enjoy the calligrammes composed by students in Professor Carolyn Shread's French 199 course this semester, a wonderful example of how students can begin to explore authentic text and authentic writing genre even from the early stages of language acquisition.


 

Calligramme by Hallie Saber

"My calligramme describes the relationship I have with a steaming cup of coffee. It describes how good coffee is comforting, rejuvenating, delicious, and part of my daily routine."

Calligramme by Hallie Saber

 

Calligramme by Stephanie Kishibay

"C’est très intéressant: ce qui me manque le plus chez ma famille et mes amies c’est que chacun me serre dans les bras différemment. Les bras de mon père sont très chaleureux. Alors que ceux de ma mère sont doux. Mes sœurs préfèrent me serrer fort, et mon tonton aussi (je pense qu’il est comme un beau ours!) Mes amis et moi, nous sautons quand nous nous embrassons! Mais quiconque me serre dans les bras, j’ai la pêche car je sais qu’on m’aime."

Calligramme by Stephanie Kishibay

 

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