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The 2016 Contest

All of the poems from the 2016 National Poetry Recitation Contest are listed below.

7th and 8th Form poems

  • "Assurance" by William Stafford

  • "Forbearance" by Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • "Hope is the Thing with Feathers" by Emily Dickinson

  • "I am convinced" by Leonard Nimoy

  • "Remember" by Christina Rossetti

  • "Spider's Web" by E.B. White

  • "The True Knowledge" by Oscar Wilde

  • "We Alone" by Alice Walker

  • "We'll Go No More A-Roving" by George Gordon, Lord Byron


9th through 12th Form poems

  • "Aboard at a Ship's Helm" by Walt Whitman

  • "As I Grew Older" by Langston Hughes

  • "Clouds" by Sandra Cisneros

  • "Coal" by Audre Lorde

  • "Cotton Candy on a Rainy Day" by Nikki Giovanni

  • "Expect Nothing" by Alice Walker

  • "Here In This Spring" by Dylan Thomas

  • "How Do I Love Thee?" by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

  • "I Am the Autumnal Sun" by Henry David Thoreau

  • "I Sit and Think" by J.R.R Tolkien

  • "If I Could Tell You" by W. H. Auden

  • "Les Ballons" by Oscar Wilde

  • "Let Me Tell You What a Poem Brings" by Juan Felipe Herrera

  • "Mirror" by Sylvia Plath

  • "Ozymandias" by Percy Bysshe Shelley

  • "Pretty Boy" by Rita Dove

  • "Cat and the Moon" by W.B. Yeats

  • "The Chimney Sweeper" by William Blake

  • "The Snow Man" by Wallace Stevens

  • "The Waking" by Theodore Roethke

  • "The Widow's Lament in Springtime" by William Carlos Williams

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