Poetry By Heart

Poetry, crucially, is an acoustic form. It's emotional noise. Its sounds allow us to receive it in our hearts, as well as in our heads. 

Andrew Motion, poet and founder of ‘Poetry by Heart’

What is Poetry by Heart?

Poetry By Heart is a poetry-reading competition for pupils from 3ème to Terminale. Contestants recite two poems by heart, chosen from an online Anthology. Our four SIS champions – one from each level - will then go on to the national finals.

  • SIS competition at Lycée de Sèvres - January 2018
  • Paris finals at Ecole Jeannine Manuel - 24th March 2018

I am interested! How do I sign up?

Discuss it with your literature teacher and send an email to Mrs Crétaigne at She will put you on the list for the in-school competition. (deadline for submissions Dec 21st)

How do I prepare?

Contestants must choose two poems from the Timeline Anthology on the ‘Poetry by Heart’ website

One poem from before 1914 
One poem from 1914 and onwards.

Judges award points for the following criteria:

Par : C.Dray le 07/10/2017


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