The winners of the Wordsworth Young Poet Competition were announced yesterday at a ceremony to mark the 200th anniversary of the publication of the revised version of Wordsworth's "Daffodils".
Youngsters across Cumbria were asked to contribute their own poems to be judged by a panel made up of members of William Wordsworth's family.
13-year-old Jessica Dickinson, from Keswick School, took first place with the following entry:
I wandered into my childhood,
Reminiscing one autumn day…
My creased eyes saw with joy
Each defining moment that shaped my mind, my life,
What treasures did I discover anew?
Fireworks shining in my mum’s eyes,
A swing to carry me to the top of the world,
A witch’s hat; a twinkling pumpkin greeting us and our tricks,
Santa, vibrant red, and a kind smile,
Summer days to run free and wild,
Oh no; that clown, a puppet, evil smile
Put him AWAY
A perfumed hug, everything’s OK
Colouring shapes on rainy days
My foot traces patterns on a sandy beach,
Laughing with friends until I cry,
And now but now, all my days are Autumn,
Winter draws close
Gnarled knotty hands, gnarled knotty trees,
Time to hibernate?
But my memories, like a toasty heart-warming fire keeping me aglow
The jigsaw of me.
Judges described her words as "taking the reader into herself, where the poet lives".
You can watch a collection of readings by some of the runners up in the competition below:
In order of appearance:
- 10-year-old Amelie Tyson from Ambleside Church of England Primary School
- 10-year-old Lydia Huby from Casterton, Sedbergh Preparatory School
- 10-year-old Matthew Gorton, from Bewcastle Primary School