Studying A Poem: A poem by Ria Murphy

Fighting Words 2019: Ria Murphy is 16 and a student at Enniscorthy Vocational College, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford

Ria Murphy from Wexford reads her poem 'Studying a Poem'.


A tidal wave of metaphors,

Similes, like a trapdoor

Opening underfoot.

Personification, swallowing any

Joy that could be found studying English.

Repetition, repetition, repetition.


Rhyming, or lack of it.

Stupid, silly sibilance sucking souls out of

Students, enjambment.

Pace. Rhythm. Perfectly placed punctuation.

Annoying avoidable alliteration

And assonance.

“What does he mean by this?”

Onomatopoeia, crashing down from the heavens

And searching for a wailing victim to prey upon.

Themes, themes, themes.




This poem took shape at one of the workshops run by Fighting Words, which was founded by Roddy Doyle and Seán Love in 2009 to nurture young writers around Ireland. It is now in Dublin, Belfast, Cork, Mayo, Wicklow, Galway, Donegal, Kerry, Wexford and Kildare