Spring Poetry Competition

Announcing a Spring Poetry Competition.

[To make responding to this announcement easier I have moved it to this separate entry- please respond to this entry with your poems – following the instructions below].

Please post your entries (fully illustrated) into your Student Blogs and post a link to your entry as a comment at the bottom of this post.  So that means you must write your poem and post it into your blog and then come back to this Announcement and post a reply that says: Find my entry on “Spring” at http://studentblogs.acu.edu.au/fredblogs (or whatever your studentblog url is. The winning entry will be published on this page (with the winner’s permission). The prize is a Special Edition DVD of Robin Williams Dead Poet’s Society and a selection of new books relevant to the study of literature. Please post your entries by October 1st. The topic this spring is to write a poem beginning with the first line of G.M.Hopkins’s sonnet “Spring”. Here is the whole sonnet:

Nothing is so beautiful as Spring —
When weeds in wheels, shoot long and lovely and lush;
Thrush’s eggs look little low heavens, and thrush
Through the echoing timber does so rinse and wring
The ear, it strikes like lightnings to hear him sing;
The glassy peartree leaves and blooms, they brush
The descending blue; that blue is all in a rush
With richness; the racing lambs too have fair their fling.

What is all this juice and all this joy?
A strain of the earth’s sweet being in the beginning
In Eden garden. — Have, get, before it cloy,
Before it cloud, Christ, lord and sour with sinning,
Innocent mind and Mayday in girl and boy,
Most, O maid’s child, thy choice and worthy the winning.

You are not required to write a sonnet, but you are required to use Hopkins’s first line as your first line. Have fun!

  3 comments for “Spring Poetry Competition

  1. October 5, 2011 at 1:14 am
  2. October 12, 2011 at 10:43 am

    Hi Michael,
    An entry for Spring Poetry comp


  3. nonstratifiedbeing
    November 2, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    Hi Michael! Thanks so much for giving us first place!

    I was wondering if it would be possible to get extra marks as my prize? Just kidding!

    What time would be good for me to swing by your office? email me at leo.boudib@gmail.com


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