Poetry Society explore feminism and Mexico

Last Monday evening, 15 Sixth Formers met at Keith’s house for the first Poetry Society gathering of the Autumn Term. Two themes were decided on prior to the meeting and the sole requirement was to bring a poem of one’s choice fitting the theme of either ‘feminism’ or ‘Mexico’. ‘Feminism’ because it happened to be the date of one of the first large suffrage protests which happened in Holland in 1913 and ‘Mexico’ because 16 September is the nation’s Independence Day. From this the group managed to create an interesting compilation of the classic poets as well as some of the lesser known or more recent. This collection included the likes of Seamus Heaney from Keith as well as Carol Ann Duffy, Christopher Logue, Hollie McNish and the American feminist poet June Jordan amongst others. The contents varied from the thought provoking to the controversial and resulted in a thoroughly relaxed and enjoyable evening for all.

By Jenna Sajous, 6.2

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Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.

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