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Magnolia begins 2nd Annual Garden of Romance Poetry Contest
Published:
1/13/2015 12:35:05 PM

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens will award prizes totaling more than $2,000 to poets - young and old - who best capture Magnolia as an idyllic “garden of romance.”

Magnolia, America’s last large-scale romantic-style garden, has recruited a panel of judges who will select the best poets who emulate the sensibility of romantic poets, stir the emotions and celebrate the natural world. Entries will be judged in adult and young adult divisions.

The Rev. John Grimké Drayton is credited with adopting a romantic style of gardening at Magnolia after visiting Europe in the 1800s as the Romantic Movement swept Europe and America. In addition to garden design, the Romantic Movement touched many aspects of European and American society and inspired poetry.

A Wordsworth quote inscribed on a small sign at Magnolia’s entrance reads: “Come forth into the light of things, let nature be your teacher.”

Submissions to the 2nd annual Garden of Romance Poetry Contest will be accepted beginning on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14. March 15 is the deadline to enter. Watch Magnolia’s Facebook page and website, magnoliaplantation.com, for details on how to enter. Winners will be announced in April.

In the adult division, judges will award $500 for first place, $300 for second place, $200 for third place and $50 to five poets in the honorable mention category. A poem should not exceed 30 lines. Judges will only consider poems in the adult division that follow the romantic style and have the gardens at Magnolia as its theme.

In the young adult division - ages 12 to 17 - the judges will award an iPad for first place, $200 for second place, $100 for third place and an annual family membership to Magnolia to five poets in the honorable mention category. Poems in the young adult division can follow any style and must have the gardens at Magnolia as its theme.

Magnolia reserves the right to publish the winning poems and a selection of the entries.

For more information, contact: Herb Frazier at 843-571-1266, ext. 237.
 

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