May 25, 2023
“Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings; it takes its origin from emotions recollected in tranquillity.” —William Wordsworth
To enable students to discover their potential, exhibit talent, and enrich their learning experience, innumerable student-led events are conducted. Among such events is Cadence, the Inter House English Poetry Recitation Competition, organised by the Middle School, English Department, which was hosted on 18 May 2023.
The students of Grades 5 and 6 successfully stirred diverse human emotions through their spectacular performances. The groups of participants from class 5 took the audience to the enchanting world with their recitation of poems based on ‘Animals’ while those from class 6 recited poems on the theme ‘Humour.’
Grade 7 chose to recite four classic Romantic poems selected for their universal appeal. These poems that spanned across different ages inspire us by celebrating the natural world and human emotions. The participants from Grade 8 presented poetry based on the theme ‘War and Peace’. These poems highlight how hope and despair go hand-in-hand in a soldier’s mind while he is marching up towards the battle field.
The feisty performance by each group, with perfect articulation, diction, and expression, was a viewer’s delight and created a spellbinding aura. The self-assurance and conviction showcased by the students in this event exemplified their grit in emerging triumphant in all challenging situations. The show that witnessed stiff competition was judged by a panel of eminent faculty members of the school.
The winners of the competition were:
Class 5 – 1stposition – Aether house (Arjun Khara, Sahira garg, Raya S Abraham, Avyan Gupta and Sharee Khera)
Runners up – Agni house ( Saryu Kochar, Rahmat Oberoi, Parth Malhotra, Arav Uppal and Vivaan Gupta)
Class 6 – 1stposition – El Maa house (Sudiksha Modi, Raghav Sharma, Miraya Modi and Abir Singh)
Runners up – Terra house ( Kiara Maini, Alia Rajpal, Aarna Adya and Vidonia Jaidka)
Class 7- 1stposition – El Maa house (Gobind Singh, Dhairya Khera and Suhawa Bhagat)
Runners up – Terra house (Niyammat Jakhar, Aarna Kapuria and Advit Agrawal)
Class 8- 1stposition – Aether house (Ibadat Bansal and Sumer Singh Harsh)
Runners up – Agni house (Mehar Sethi and Ayanna Gill)
To add further charm to it, the event was kickstarted with a choir of students singing ‘Money, Money, Money’ by ABBA, and concluded with ‘Dandelions’ by Ruth B.
Learning a language and enjoying a piece of literature can be greatly enhanced by participating in recitation, which is both an important and successful method. Additionally, the event developed an appreciation for poetry in the children and impacted their social and emotional development in an encouraging manner.