I pondered lonely as a child - poetry competition for Wordsworth's Rydal Mount (From The Westmorland Gazette)
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I pondered lonely as a child - poetry competition for Wordsworth's Rydal Mount
AN annual prize for the best young poet in Cumbria is to be awarded by the descendents of William Wordsworth.
The Rydal Mount Wordsworth prize for young poets is open to youngsters in schools throughout the county, with a trophy and cash award for the winner.
The Wordsworth family still own Rydal Mount, near Ambleside, the house where the poet moved 200 years ago.
It was also where he published the definitive version of England’s most famous poem, Daffodils, and where wife, Mary published the epic The Prelude after his death in 1850.
The curators, Peter and Marian Elkington, who manage the house and gardens, which are open to the public, are organising the contest with the support of the Wordsworth family.
Entry forms and details are now available (via the Cumbria County Council schools information portal), with judging and an award ceremony at Rydal Mount to take place next spring. William Wordsworth’s descendants will judge the poems and present the prizes.
There will be a trophy awarded annually, and a £50 cash prize for the winner, and signed books for two runners -up. The theme will be Flowers or Trees.
A competition staged earlier this year for pupils at Ambleside Primary and The Lakes secondary schools was a huge success and Mr Elkington said that the enthusiasm of the young poets had spurred the decision to run the event every year. “There was some really remarkable talent and the Wordsworth family were really impressed by the standard of the poems that they judged,” he said.
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