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​Natasha Channels Chaucer in Annual Poetry Competition

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Throughout the Michaelmas Term, pupils from across all year groups have been reciting poems in their English lessons in preparation for this year’s Poetry Recitation Competition.

Over the course of the past few months, five girls rose to the top of their respective year group rounds, resulting in an all-female final. Held on November 14, this anticipated event saw Upper Sixth pupil Natasha Carter reign victorious, having impressed the judges with a recitation of Geoffrey Chaucer's The Merchant's Prologue, delivered in the original Middle English.

Third Form pupil Bella Salmons was awarded the runner-up position with her beautiful recital of her own poem, Heroes. The other three finalists were Cora Frith-Fletcher (Mining by Rebecca Goss), Eleanor Clark (The Sun Used to Shine by Edward Thomas, and Liberty Rodwell-Lynn (Helena's Speech from A Midsummer Night's Dream).

The chair of the judging panel was Somerset poet Matt Bryden. This was his first visit to the school and he was very impressed with the format of the competition and the standard of the recitations.

Commenting on Natasha’s poem, he said: “It was a bold, but perfect, choice, and a fully dramatised performance. Natasha fully inhabited her character and caught the rhythms of Chaucer’s language in a clear voice. The result was engaging and amusing. A unanimous winner.”


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