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Poetry sharing competition will continue

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A long standing tradition at Fyling Hall, we are delighted to that the Daisy Hardy competition, our poetry sharing competition, will continue this year despite the lock-down. Under normal circumstances pupils would take to the stage in our Barn to deliver their poem to a small audience. This year students will record themselves reciting a poem and asked to submit their video for consideration. Judges will still listen to how the pupils bring their poem ‘to life’.  

The history

Named after a former English teacher at who taught at Fyling Hall School from early in the 1940s to 1982, the Daisy Hardy competition was created to continue Daisy’s love for teaching and sharing poetry. Its aim is to celebrate high quality verse and to give pupils the opportunity to explore, enjoy and listen to poetry outside of curriculum requirements and assessments.

This year’s entry

Pupils are asked to choose their poem from the categories below, and to submit their video by 4pm on 29th June. 1st, 2nd and 3rd places for each category will then be awarded. Further submission details will follow shortly. In the meantime, take a look at the poems from which you may choose.

Years 7 – 8
  • 1. Jaberwocky – Carol
  • 2. Beat! Beat! Drums! – Whitman
  • 3. The Duck and The Kangaroo – Lear
  • 4. Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night – Thomas
  • 5. The Listeners – de la Mare
  • 6. The Road not Taken – Frost
  • 7. If – Kipling
  • 8. I wandered Lonely as a Cloud – Wordsworth
  • 9. The Tyger – Blake
  • 10.Ithaka – Cavafy
Years 9 – 10
  • 11.Bayonet Charge – Hughes
  • 12.Checking Out Me History – Agard
  • 13.Exposure – Owen
  • 14.Kamikaze – Garland
  • 15.London – Blake
  • 16.Ozymandias – Shelley
  • 17.Poppies – Weir
  • 18.My Last Duchess – Browning
  • 19.Remains – Armitage
  • 20.Storm on the Island – Heaney
  • 21.Charge of the Light Brigade – Tennyson
  • 22.The Emigre – Rumens
  • 23.The Prelude – Wordsworth
  • 24.Tissue – Dharker
  • 25.War Photographer – Duffy

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