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The Abbey School Summer Poetry Competition 2020

So many students got involved with this challenge and it was lovely to read so many thoughtful and creative pieces of writing in response to lockdown. The challenge was to write a short poem to inspire and encourage others. I think you will agree that our students produced some truly inspirational writing! 

 

1st Place - Together

Together

Comment from Mr. Clyde: 

I love this, Molly! The message is so simple but so important and the way you repeat the word ‘together’ gives the poem such power. I really like the way the poem moves from words like ‘scared’ and ‘worried’ to words like ‘support’ and ‘hope’. It shows how it is ok to have ‘bad’ feelings. It also shows how doing things ‘together’ can make us all feel better. Well done! 

 

2nd Place - The Virus will go

The Virus Will Go

Comment from Mr. Clyde: 

Wow, such a fantastic poem, Reg! You have used a really great range of words and some lovely poetic techniques too. I love the way you have used some rhyming and even some alliteration (“terrible taxing tunnel of time”). A lovely poem! 

 

3rd Place - Little Brown Mouse

Little Brown Mouse

Comment from Mr. Clyde: 

Annabelle, what a powerful metaphor to use to give a message of hope – it works so well! I can just imagine the excitement we will all feel, just like the mouse, as we start to come out of lockdown. I love the “bird’s symphony” too! 

 

Poem By Adam

Poem By Adam

Comment from Mr. Clyde: 

Great effort, Adam, well done! A really lovely message about the importance of family! 

 

Hope

Poem By Amse

Comment from Mr. Clyde: 

What a great acrostic poem, Amse, well done! I can feel the strength of this message of love and hope 

 

Poem By Caitlyn

Poem by Caitlyn

Comment from Mr. Clyde: 

Great stuff, Caitlyn, well done! This feels like a poem of determination and defiance. It helps to make me feel strong! 

 

NHS Poem

NHS Poem

Comment from Mr. Clyde: 

This is great, Carla, well done! You use a real mix of words like ‘wonderful’ and ‘scary’, ‘horrible’ and ‘brave’ - this really shows how much good is coming out of a bad situation. I love it! 

 

Support The NHS

Support The NHS

Comment from Mr. Clyde: 

A great acrostic poem, Ellen, well done! The way you use lots of imperative verbs (bossy words) helps the poem to sound strong and encouraging. I love the ideas of helping others too, such an important message. Fantastic! 

 

Inspiring Poem

Inspiring Poem

Comment from Mr. Clyde: 

Well done, Jody, great poem! You really capture how hard lockdown has been at times but you also write about hope and saving lives. A good balance! 

 

Sunshine Thoughts

Sunshine Thoughts

Comment from Mr. Clyde: 

Such a thoughtful poem, John, I love it! I really like your focus on nature. This perhaps reminds us to focus on the simple things in life and how amazing they are. Well done! 

 

Lockdown Poem

Lockdown Poem

Comment from Mr. Clyde: 

An excellent poem, Joshua, well done! I like the way it moves from ‘bad’ ideas like lockdown and shutting lights off to more ‘good’ things like clapping and getting out of this mess. Very good! 

 

Poem by Ray

Poem by Ray

Comment from Mr. Clyde: 

A fantastic effort, Ray, well done! This was one of my favourite poems – I love the way you have used the Diamante form and the way you move from ‘bad’ things to ‘good’ things. Definitely an inspiring poem! 

 

Stay at Home and Save Lives

Stay at home

Comment from Mr. Clyde: 

A fantastic acrostic poem, Seb, well done! I really love the way you have included so many little details about lockdown life like Joe Wicks and clapping for the NHS. Great use of colour too! 

 

Lock-down Much Wenlock

Lock Down much Wenlock

Comment from Mr. Clyde: 

Well done, Charles! I love the simile about going to a new planet – it has felt like that at times, hasn’t it! You also capture the idea of finding the positives which is a great inspiring message. 

 

Poem of Hope

Poem of Hope

Comment from Mr. Clyde: 

Tyler, a great effort. I particularly love your use of verbs (doing words). It really suggests that we are all doing all we can to fight back against the coronavirus by doing things like smiling, talking, walking, clapping and banging. A great inspiring poem, well done!