National Poetry Day Competition Winner 2017


National Poetry Day Competition Winner 2017

As part of the English Department’s celebrations for National Poetry Day this year, students Poetrywere invited to enter the department poetry competition. This year’s theme for the day was ‘Freedom’ and students analysed Maya Angelou’s poem ‘Still I Rise’; this is a powerful poem that is displayed in our blue tunnel. Students were encouraged to explore the theme of ‘Freedom’ and then write a poem that demonstrates the theme in a thought-provoking, and creative, way.

We were amazed by the quality of entries and, after an intense short-listing process, we are delighted to announce that Year 8 student, Astrah Fawcett, has won this year’s prize! Congratulations Astrah.

Well done to all of our students that entered - it was a very tough decision.

Please take a moment to read Astrah’s beautiful poem below:

A Bird Cage – By Astrah Fawcett

There is a haunted house, not far
And there a dark cage lies.
I can’t help but wonder what’s in the cage,
And what happens when its prisoner dies.

There is a chance I have to take,
To make the mystery end.
I have to know who’s in that cage,
To find a foe or friend.

There is a bird trapped in that cage,
His soul without its will.
No room to stretch his wings out wide,
He is soon going to be killed.

There is a key just on that chest,
So what am I to do?
To set him free and watch him fly,
Or to be the killer, too?

There is a bird that flies above the field,
Every morn and every noon.
His gold and silver wing-tips,
Shine in the oval moon.

That bird is free to make his choice,
To live his life, his way.
All because I took the chance,
I have to take that day.

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