ANZAC Day Centenary on Poetry Box: a poem challenge for you


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This year is a huge and important remembrance of ANZAC Day.

War is a complicated and tough subject. If we start to think about what happened at Gallipoli, we might think about big things that are beyond our imagination. We can also think about little things.

We can read what men and women wrote about their experience, especially in letters home.

We can look at photographs. We can read the books that have been written in recent times.

Last year I posted about some fabulous ones here.



I invite you to send me an ANZAC Day poem you have written. Even as a class poem.


You might need to do a bit of research to write your poem.


You might explore one small thing in your poem that stands out for you.

You might use a bit of someone’s letter home.

You might try to stand in someone else’s shoes.


Your poem might show what it was like in the trenches.

It might explore the sounds of the trench war.

It might show what it was like for those left at home.


It might be like a photograph.

It might tell a little story.

It might be about a single thing like a pair of shoes or an overcoat.


ANZAC Day is also time to think about all wars and their cost.

It might ask a question.

It might be very short and very simple.


You might write it after you go to an ANZAC ceremony.


I would love to post a few of your poems on Friday 24th, Saturday 25th April. And maybe on the Monday.

Send to Include your name, year, age and name of school. You can include your teacher’s name and email.

PLEASE say it’s for the ANZAC-Poem challenge. Put in the subject line of the email please.

I will post my favourites and have a book prize for a poet (Year 0 to Year 8).



4 thoughts on “ANZAC Day Centenary on Poetry Box: a poem challenge for you

  1. Emma Neale

    Hi Paula just a note to say that my email address needs to change for Poetry Box and NZ Poetry Shelf updates! Thanks! Em x

  2. Pingback: Four ANZAC poems by NZ children | Poetry Box

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