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
A tidal wave of metaphors,
Similes, like a trapdoor
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
Pace. Rhythm. Perfectly placed punctuation.
Annoying avoidable alliteration
“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