Some poems about the print industry by Year 6 children from St George the Martyr Primary School.
Printing began over 3,000 years ago,
Rare and ancient printing was done in many ways,
Inks were used, blocks as well,
Now printing has travelled all over the world,
The system is used to help with education,
In many different ways printing made the first religious books,
Newspapers were first inventing using very old printers,
Gave adults and children a chance to read, write and learn. So go and try printing yourself.
Printing, a fun way to relax your hands,
Over 3,000 years ago it was made,
Different objects were used,
Not technology but only fingers,
It may be hard could weigh tones,
But helps with education,
So come on,
Don’t wait long,
You’ll have lots of fun.
I was born in a big room, surrounded by machines in all different sizes clicking
and buzzing for attention,
Grew up with a man,
A young friendly craftsmanship
Who built and took care of me,
He was extremely smart and kind,
But always made me do work,
Tired and breathless I couldn’t even speak,
Caxton days went quickly,
He left me cold inside,
I miss his French, Latin and Dutch,
I miss his laugh and smile,
I also miss his unusual looking clothes,
I am a print machine, I hope you understand who I am.
Over three thousand years ago,
Very long time before,
Printing was invented,
Blocks were used,
Paper from china as well,
It might sound boring and normal,
But no it’s real,
It has an enormous history,
It took many, many years to print a page,
But they were not afraid,
A man so fair,
He was bored of hands,
So he made this invention,
It is still used to this day,
People take it for granted,
They don’t know the history,
But it is still real today.
Printing was created a long time ago,
and when no poor people could read,
they had no education
So they couldn’t succeed
The people who could read
Definitely did succeed
Printing began with hands
Rapid changes brought for people
If there was no printing
No education would happen
To help you write
If It wasn’t for books you wouldn’t have an education
Now you can read and write
Go and discover the beauty of printing
5 pushing and pressing
7 carving letters to make words
5 with exhausted hands
5 history is fun
7 learn many types of subjects
5 enjoy the fun
I was born in a room. While I was growing up I was with a German man called Gutenberg. He always makes me exhausting by printing a load of things. He is a good friend to me. He gives me an ink pot with some papers so I could write stories. I will remember all languages that you speak in like Dutch and Latin.
William Caxton, who was born on 1422 and died with a pen on his hand. You might not know him but you might know the machine.
5 printing is easy
7 computers are great machine
5 this is wonderful
S o many riots
Taking in battle
In a violent way
Killing each other
Employees fighting back
Printing started over 2600 years ago
Reading and writing were for rich only.
In our days however anyone can read
Now we take things for granted
Today there are over a million books
I think we need to thank Caxton
Never not think of who created what we use today
Giving thanks to those who brought printing
Wooden blocks were what were used.
In the past
They were used like a stamp.
And dabbed on some ink
then pressed on the paper.
William Caxton changed the day,
he introduced the printing press.
Brought it to England
it made coping much, much easier.
Now our poor hands could rest
In 1491 in Caxton’s death,
his idea became revolutionary.
Right, now today
we have made his idea grow.
New things happened,
like metal squares
and new machines like the printing press begun.
People learned things from each other
and new ideas had come.
Printing is a clever thing,
find each letter,
place it on the bar
Tighten it up
You don’t want them coming off
Shillings you will loose
Put the sticks together
Place them on the printer
Paint it on the letters
Close the top board
Slide it in
There you go you are almost there
Turn the handle to press the page
Slide the board back over
Lift up the top board
Pick up your page and there are your words
It’s a masterpiece!
Printing press, the Stanhope and the Guttenberg
It started in 1475
Nowadays no books we would have,
Taken for granted
In 1492 the father of printing died
Not taking his idea to his grave,
Going through history, coming to now, we still use printing.
Haiku + Tanka
5 Use Chinese paper,
7 and a German screw,
5 German steel casing,
* * * * *
7 Use all of these components,
5 You’ll have something new.
Forged from a large clump of metal,
I was born,
That blacksmith that made me,
However not looking like me,
Was my father,
He regularly fed me,
Soft foreign paper,
Then in return I stamp his sheets,
To help make a living,
It was a small living,
Only 25 shillings,
The strong metal helped me grow,
Therefore enlarging our living.
2 To Fleet,
3 Street and I,
5 Created many,
8 Special books that you may know.