How to Be Successful in a Poem Competition

Poem competitions are a part of school life for some students. While you may be confident about learning the poem well, it can be easy to suffer from stage fright and forget the lines. Fortunately, there are ways to help you learn well and remember the lines on the day.


  1. 1
    Learn the poem well. Practice it every day and night in the lead-up to the competition. Break the poem down into portions and learn each portion really well, then join all of the portions together to form the whole.
  2. 2
    Know your words. Understand the meanings of words in your poem so that you can give the expressions correctly. Look up the meanings and be absolutely certain of them before you continue with the learning.
  3. 3
    Rehearse the poem. Rehearse saying the poem out loud without notes as many times as you can before the competition. This will give the experience of speaking it and giving it the accurate intonation before the event. It will also build up your confidence for speaking out loud in front of others.
    • Stand in front of the mirror and recite it.
    • Ask your parents, siblings or any other person to watch you recite the poem. Let them have copies of it so that they can see whether you've managed all the lines and words accurately.
  4. 4
    Overcome the potential for stage fright. Recite the poem in front a group of people such a your friends or family. Set up everything to be the same as it will be when on stage.
    • While reciting the poem, stay calm. Take deep breaths. Show happiness on your face.
  5. 5
    Use expressions to convey meaning when delivering the poem. Show expressions according to the situation.
    • For example, if the line is "He went merrily down the street", show happiness. If the line is "When he met a giant devil", speak loudly and angrily. If it's sad, show sadness, if it's nostalgic, show a dreamy quality, and so forth.
  6. 6
    Know what the judges are looking for, so that you can tailor your delivery accordingly. The things that the judges will likely note include:
    • Poem - That you have chosen a good poem according to your class level/standard.
    • Expressions - Whether you have given the right expressions in the right place.
    • Confidence - Whether you have learnt the poem and feel confident in your delivery.

Things You'll Need

  • A good poem
  • A mirror
  • Audience for rehearsal
  • Pen and paper to help you learn the paper (make notes)
  • Dictionary (optional but useful)

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