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Mr Butler launched this term’s poetry competition which takes its theme from National Poetry Day – Freedom:

“Lower school girls have been introduced to the idea that poetry is not only freedom of expression, but also has played a part in humanity’s struggles for freedom throughout the ages; poets have been, and indeed still are, banned and jailed, their work burned and their words inspirational to millions. But poetry also expresses feelings of personal freedom, from Emily Dickinson’s ‘Hope is the thing with feathers’ to Wordsworth’s descriptions of freedom in the natural world. Indeed Wordsworth responded to one of the great movements towards freedom – the French Revolution – with lines that every Prior’s Field girl knows – ‘We live by admiration, hope and love’. In keeping with the theme there are no rules, other than the poem needs in some way to be about freedom, and must be emailed or given to your English teacher before half-term. Hugely wonderful prizes, merits and, hopefully, an anthology published. Get writing and set yourselves free!”

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