Lucy Vickery

Competition: Hughes vs Larkin, whose side are you on?

This week we’ve got Ted Hughes in the red corner and Philip Larkin in the blue. Whose side would you be on? You are invited to write a poem either in free verse mocking rhymed, metrical verse or in conventional verse mocking free verse.

Please email entries, of up to 16 lines, to by midday on 9 October and mark them Competition 2819.

Here are the results of this week’s challenge, in which competitors were asked to provide a short story with an ingenious twist at the end.

Best wishes

Already a subscriber? Log in

Keep reading with a free trial

Subscribe and get your first month of online and app access for free. After that it’s just £1 a week.

There’s no commitment, you can cancel any time.


Unlock more articles



Don't miss out

Join the conversation with other Spectator readers. Subscribe to leave a comment.

Already a subscriber? Log in