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August Challenge #2: Fairy Tale Poetry

In our second August challenge written by Foyle Young Poets, Meredith LeMaître asks you to write new poems that take us into a fairy tale world… The challenge: write a poem or poems inspired by a fairy tale, myth or legend. As long as I can remember, I’ve loved fairy tales and folklore – whether […]

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August Challenge #1: Re-mixing History, Fiction and the Unexpected

Every August, Foyle Young Poets take over Young Poets Network and set four weekly writing challenges. In the first August challenge of 2020, Lydia Wei is challenging you to write poems that imagine historical or fictional characters in surprising new situations. Read on and enter by Monday 14 September 2020. The challenge: write a poem […]

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Miriam Culy on Pain Poetry

Young Poets Networker Miriam Culy explores the theme of physical pain in poetry, and shares how writing has helped her cope with her own chronic illness. When you learn about poetry in school, you often look at poems on love, nature or war, and perhaps God, beauty or death. You don’t very often look at […]

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Poetry In A Pandemic

Every year, The Poetry Society welcomes two American interns to our office in London. Yanisa Campusano was just settling in to the Betterton Street life when the lockdown hit. In the midst of global crisis, Yanisa carried on her internship digitally and, fascinated by how poetry has flourished during this pandemic, has written us this […]

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Sarojini Naidu: WWI poetry and the ‘Gift’ of India

Here at YPN, we’ve often published features exploring the life and works of poets who have had a big impact on English literature – from William Blake to Elizabeth Bishop, Edith Sitwell to Robert Browning. In this latest feature, Stephanie Sy-Quia explores the life and works of Sarojini Naidu, an Indian poet and activist, in […]

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“I have no country”: a poetry translation challenge

Following the success of last year’s challenge with Modern Poetry in Translation, this year we’ve teamed up again, asking you to co-translate a poem by Suhrab Sirat, a poet in exile. MPT editor Clare Pollard introduces the challenge… “We launch this challenge during Refugee Week 2020. Around the world, we see governments who would seek […]

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Ode to (Small) Joy

With more time to pay attention to the spaces and the people around us, we’re asking you to write odes to the little things. The challenge: write an ode to something that seems at first to be insignificant. What is an ode? The internet tells us that an ode is ‘a lyric poem, typically one […]