Students learn their ‘Poetry by Heart’
Performing poetry in front of a panel of judges offered an inspiring opportunity for a talented group of students from The Radclyffe School this week.
Taking part in the ‘Poetry by Heart’ competition, each student recited two poems, one written before 1914 and one after 1914.
The competition produced a clear winner, and Year 10 student Aminur Rahman will represent the school at the Greater Manchester County Final, at the Portico Library in Manchester on Saturday 30th January. Aminur chose ‘Elegy’ written in 1586 by Chidiock Tichborne and ‘There will come soft rains’ by Sara Teasdale (1920).
Ahead of the competition at the school, the students took part in a masterclass to improve their skills performing poems. Teacher of English Helen Howell said, “This is the first year we have taken part in the competition, and it’s an excellent opportunity for students to develop this talent and boost their confidence. Learning and reciting the poems has a huge positive effect on students’ analytical skills, which will help them in their GCSE exam.
The nation-wide ‘Poetry by Heart’ competition involves thousands of students from across the country, learning and reciting poems. The winners from the county finals around the country go forward to a national final at Homerton College, Cambridge in March.