Account Of National Poetry Day

On Thursday, 28 September 2017, National Poetry Day took place, in a boutade of nationwide literary activity, through thousands of events, on buses, trains, and on boats, in schools, libraries, bookshops and hospitals. At Stanley Park, pupils and teachers came together to recount their favourite poems, all equally meaningful and all following the national theme of ‘Freedom’, a topic close to everyone’s heart at this time.

Poems ranged from the works of Byron and Shelley to rhymes members of the school community could remember from their early childhood. The occasion gave but a coup d’oeil of the ever-expanding lyrical palette of Stanley Park. From the Year 7s beginning their secondary journey to those reaching its end, it was indeed a spectacle to observe such a diverse range of ages and personalities joining in to immerse themselves in the joy of reading and reciting works of written art.

Poetry has always been and will continue to be one of the most effective ways of conveying and portraying emotion, passions and messages. They are orchestrated and intoned in a way that has delivered a higher amount of change, both political and moral than any protest or demonstration could hope to. A poem is in itself, a protest of words, ordered to bring about a revolution through utterance that has the potential and the means to alter the process of history and, whilst events such as this remain, will continue to do so, for many years to come.

Herbie Stubberfield