Wednesday 4th February 17 year old St Swithun’s School pupil Annie
Bolton from Winchester won the Hampshire Poetry by Heart competition which took
place at the Guildhall, Winchester.
was representing St Swithun’s against eight other competitors from other
schools in Hampshire.
pupil is challenged to memorise and recite two poems – one published before
1914 and one in or after 1914. Pupils choose these from the timeline anthology
of over 600 years of poetry on the Poetry by Heart website. In addition, 2015 contestants
also recite a third poem from a special collection of World War I poems as part
of the centenary commemorations.
chosen poems were Ozymandias by Percy
Bysshe Shelley (Pre 1914), Originally
by Carol Ann Duffy (Post 1914) and Setting
Out by Ernst Stadler (World War I era). Judging is based on five criteria:
voice and articulation, evidence of understanding, level of difficulty, overall
performance and accuracy.
will now proceed to the national final which will take place at Homerton
College, Cambridge on the 19-21 March 2015.
of English at St Swithun’s Alison Oliver said “Annie impressed the judges with
her three evocative, powerful recitations. There was a very high level of
performance from all competitors which makes her win all the more notable”.