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Calling students to take part in the ARETÉ English challenge – Following in Keats’ footsteps

26 April 2021  |  Jill Lundberg  |  Posted in:

This year sees the bicentenary of the death of Keats, English literature’s most celebrated and accomplished poet. To mark the occasion, we are running a poetry challenge, encouraging entrants to produce a poem in response to Keats’ work.
You can choose which of his poems you want to write a response to, but we have provided some suggestions and ideas in the links below.

The challenge

A typed poem of no more than 25 lines (single-spaced, 12pt font)
Your poem can use Keats’ original title, or you could update the title though you should put ‘A Response to _____________by John Keats under your title’
A short response (100-200 words) explaining how you were inspired by the original
Here are three suggestions you could be inspired by, but you may pick any Keats poem you like:
Ode to a Nightingale
On First Looking Into Chapman’s Homer
When I Have Fears

John Keats wrote about the natural world, mortality, illness, art, and beauty. You can find information about Keats and inspiration for your own poetry here.

You can find examples of poems inspired by Keats here.

The competition will be judged by Bob Beagrie, former Poet Laureate of Teesside and Professor of Creative Writing at Teesside University.

PLEASE EMAIL YOUR ENTRY TO watkins.n@northallertonschool.org.uk
REMEMBER to include your name, school and year group.
CLOSING DATE is Friday 4th June.
WINNERS ANNOUNCED and prizes awarded in the week beginning Monday
28th June. Prizes will be awarded for the winners in each category (KS 3, 4 and 5).

The challenge is open to students in all year groups, in all three Areté Schools – Stokesley, Northallerton and Richmond

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