Poetry Out Loud at BHS

The official BHS Poetry Out Loud website, where you will be able to find out the history and highlights of the competition, find resources to use and perhaps one day, download BHS recordings of Poetry Out Loud poems

2018 Poetry Out Loud dates
School Semifinals – February 8th
School Finals – Feb 15th
State Semifinals – Saturday, March 3rd and Sunday, March 4th
State Finals – Sunday, March 11th in Boston

(They were the poems that made the top three last year in 2017)

Adam’s Curse by W. B. Yeats
Beautiful Wreckage by W. D. Ehrhart
Bleeding Heart by Carmen Gimenez Smith
A Fit of Rhyme Against Rhyme by Ben Jonson
Idea 61 by Michael Drayton
Personal by Tony Hoagland
Sonnet 1 by Sir Philip Sydney
To Live with a Landscape by Constance Urdang

 – Click here for information on selecting your poem.

For more specific information on how BHS does POL, see below:

House Rules
Teacher Recommended Poems
Audio Recordings of POL Poems by BHS Students
Teachers’ Choice Awards
Hall of Fame
Semifinalist History
Poets by Nationality
Additional Eligible Poems, Not Found on the P.O.L. website

Here is a video by BCAT, filmed in 2016 as BHS celebrated its ten-year anniversary of participation in Poetry Out Loud, where Mr. Lally discusses the program and its history.

And here’s a video produced by the Huntington Theatre where Mr. Lally helps explain the purpose and the benefits of Poetry Out Loud

“Any healthy man can go without food for two days – but not without poetry.” – Charles Baudelaire

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