Beginning next week, students in the fifty states will begin the final rounds of the Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest for 2016. The finals in our state, New Hampshire, will take place on March 21.
If you're wondering about the poems included in the contest, we have a copy of The Anthology: Poems for Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest. Students must pick poems from the "more than 100 celebrated poems that are suitable for performance." The Anthology is also found here. The online pages also include additional sanctioned poems.
Here's an example of a poem from The Anthology:
My Grandmother’s Love Letters
by Hart Crane
There are no stars tonight
But those of memory.
Yet how much room for memory there is
In the loose girdle of soft rain.
There is even room enough
For the letters of my mother’s mother,
That have been pressed so long
Into a corner of the roof
That they are brown and soft,
And liable to melt as snow.
Don't you wish you had written this? Read the rest here.
Last year's New Hampshire champion, Dessaline Etienne, represented us in the National Finals:
Kimberley is this week's Round-Up host, she hangs out at Written Reflections!