Poetry Reciting Competition
Tuesday, 26 November 2013
Tuesday 26th November saw the English Department's annual Poetry Recital Competition finals take place in the Great Hall. Each and every boy in KS3 learnt a challenging poem over the half term holidays, preparing and performing these in lessons, in order that we might enjoy the best each year has to offer during the finals. The judges were treated to an impressive variety of poems, all declaimed with confidence, all recalled with accuracy and the best, performed with panache. Especially pleasing was the noticeable improvement from last year's inaugural competition.
From 7e, Henry Yearsley surprised everyone with an outstanding rap, ‘Tea Time Rap’, performed with such conviction and energy that any record label scouts would have been fighting to sign him up! Rupert Varley was the winner for Year 8 with a moving and fluent rendition of ‘Disobedience’ by AA Milne, demonstrating a genuine understanding of the poem's content and themes. Finally, the audience were treated to a classic: Lewis Carroll's nonsense poem ‘Jabberwocky’, declaimed by Harvey Haworth. The clarity of enunciation brought alive the Anglo-Saxon overtones in this poem, the very essence of which lies in the sounds of language dissociated from any shared interpretation of meaning.
The variety of poetry on offer, along with the clear engagement and preparation that had evidently been applied, ensured the continuing success of this invaluable feature of the English Department's curriculum.