1-20 (1930)

Follow this link for Comp I results                                                         Comp I

The first competitions

 The first competitions

Martin Armstrong  is being quite brutal with the rhyme-scheme here: ABAB BABA ABABA. But perhaps it’s predictable that the first competition would be self-referential. The B competition could be set today (perhaps should be set for aspiring writers!)

Follow this link for Comp II results                                                            Comp II

Presumably Lester Ralph is hoping here for some satirical Marlovian comment on Beaverbrook or Rothermere or both. The length allowed is generous by 21st century standards: 20 lines! 2oo words! There is something particularly strange about the B competition – is this a satire on short hair (on women) that has somehow merged with tails and ears?

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Competition 3A is presumably sparked by the discovery of Pluto on February 18th 1930, so it’s more topical than it might first appear. The man in Competition 3B, William Willett, had died at the age of 58, just one year before his campaign for British Summer Time came in – in 1916. Gerald Bullet was one of the editorial team.

Follow this link for Comp IV results                                         Comp IV

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J.C.Squire was a pivotal figure of the literary world, and had been New Statesman’s first literary editor. Nouns of assembly for novelists seem fine, but Jews? The list of possibilities seems to say a lot about the class to which Squire belonged, although ‘hedgehogs’ is innocent enough.

                                                                                                                               Comp V

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One gets the impression that T(homas) Earle Welby thinks we have had it too easy so far!

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                                                                                                                               Comp VI

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C.H.Rolph would recognise the spirit of the second competition here. Lynd was a stickler for grammar, and Rolph finds himself, when writing about Lynd, suddenly conscious that he would have been ticked off – as Rolph writes, “[his] soft-spoken Irish mannerisms would, as theysay, charm the birds out of the trees. Coupled with his droll literary style and comic percipience (‘you can’t couple three things,’ he would have told me), this went far to support my private estimation that most of our best writers have come from Ireland.”

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                                                                                               Comp VII

                                                                              Set by Clennell Wilkinson

054 WR res of 7a 

Follow this link for Comp VIII results                                      Comp VIII

                                                                                                                         

  Follow this link for Comp IX results                                                                       Comp IX

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Follow this link for Comp X results                                                                                                   Comp  X

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                                                                                                                   Comp XI

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                                                                                                                                            Comp XII

082 WR Comp 12 set

                                                                                                                     Comp XIII

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                                                                    Seeing another translation exercise to do does indicate that readers are expected to be up on their  languages. No Latin translation has been set in at least 35 years and even longer – although Derek Mahon did set a French translation competition in the late eighties.

                                                                                         Comp XIV

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                                                                                                                                Comp XV

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                                        In April 1930, Robert Bridges had died, and – rather surprisingly, as Kipling was thought to be the likely successor, John 
Masefield had been chosen (by George V, although effectively  Ramsay Macdonald)

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                                                                                                                          Comp 17

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                                                                                                                      Comp XVIII

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                                                                                                                Comp XIX

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                                                         19B had its origins in a protracted exchange in the letters column of the WR about the number
                                                         of Geralds writing in the WR

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