Earlier this year we received hundreds of poems inspired by Shakespeare and his work to celebrate both Shakespeare Week (March) and Shakespeare Day (April). We enjoyed reading all the poems and it was a difficult task to pick the winners, but we're delighted to announce the winner is ...
Portia-Hope Kitney from Wreham, whose poem 'Never Forgotten' has been chosen as the best in the book by our Editorial Team! Congratulations Portia, you have won a family pass to the five Shakespeare family homes and a copy of 'What on Earth Wallbook of Shakespeare'.
Here is Portia's winning poem ...
All the world is a stage,
So do not let gifted words be caged.
My life and education both do learn me,
Yet Shakespeare's sonnets were the key.
A stage where every man must play a part,
For thirty eight plays were a work of art.
With April's first born flowers and all things rare,
For when he died did spread despair.
And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest!
For many an ear hath been blessed.
Then, farewell, heat and welcome frost!
As never a sonnet shall be lost.
Your name from hence immortal life shall have.
© Portia-Hope Kitney 2014
Congratulations to our runner-up, Tilly Roach from Wiltshire, whose poem 'The Piano' has won her a selection of Shakespeare-themed books: 'Shakespeare: A Three-Dimensional Expanding Pocket Guide', 'What's So Special About Shakespeare?', 'Bravo, Mr William Shakespeare' and 'Mr William Shakespeare's Plays' - published by Walker Books and 'The Life and Times of William Shakespeare' - published by Templar Publishing.
The ivory keys, there are eighty-eight,
Some pearly, some inky, I touch them all.
My thin fingers are poised, I stop and wait,
As my hands sink down, the keys start to fall.
The old dim room is filled with harmonies,
The music tells an intriguing story.
Of rivers and streams, of green grass and trees,
When land is invaded it gets gory.
The tune ends and the mud-brown lid slams shut,
I swallow the music down to my gut.
© Tilly Roach 2014
Copyright remains with the author. Poems were first published in 'Shake-Up Shakespeare - A Way With Words' in September 2014.