Loyola University Maryland

Modern Languages & Literatures

Fall Poetry Contest

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Every fall semester, the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures sponsors a Poetry Recitation Contest in which students in Modern Languages courses compete in performing poetry recitations in the language studied.

Here is the application form for the Fall 2014 contest.

Fall 2012 Contest Winners
Fall 2013 Contest Winners
Fall 2014 Contest Winners


Students who wish to participate must have the support of their language instructor, as their signature is required on the application form.  Students currently enrolled in Arabic, Chinese and Japanese courses 103 and up.  Students enrolled in other language courses level 104 and up are eligible.

Process to Sign Up

Application forms can be obtained from Natalie Rock in MH 454, the individual professor serving as moderator that semester, or the Language Learning Center, MH 443. They should be filled out and given to Natalie Rock in MH 454. The application deadline is announced during the fall semester. 


The exact date on which the contest will take place will be Monday, October 27, 2014 from 6.00-8.00 p.m. in AWSC Reading Room.


With your professor's input, choose a poem in the language you study at Loyola (Arabic, French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, German, Chinese or Japanese). Complete and return the application for to your professor or to Natalie Rock in MH 454. Provide three copies of the poem along with the application form. These will are for the judges to follow along and gently prompt you if necessary. Then, memorize your poem! Work with your professor to master it! Be prepared to introduce the poem - author, time period, why you chose it, other details you'd like to share.

Free refreshments will follow the awarding of prizes after the recitation!!

updated 9/23/14 ner