Why poetry matters

Next week the  BBC Poetry Season gets properly underway with Why Poetry Matters on BBC2 Wednesday at 9.00pm. It’s introduced by Griff Rhys Jones who reads aloud some wonderful works in a charming, and moving, way. Watch it and see the sheer delight of a bunch of school kids when they join Charlie Dark reciting his verse Airborne.

Earlier in the week  the long-running Poetry Please is on Radio 4 FM Sunday at 4.30pm, introduced by Roger McGough. This popular poetry request programme returns to celebrate 30 years on air with verse including A E Housman’s A Shropshire Lad and Walt Whitman’s O Captain, My Captain.

Daisy Goodwin says…the best poems are perfect distillations of emotion which is why we turn to them at key times in our life.

I agree and think that’s why poetry matters.

Have a good weekend!


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18 Responses to Why poetry matters

  1. Maureen says:

    Thanks for the reminders, Flighty. I will make sure I don’t miss them.

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  3. crazykites says:

    i don’t think a lot of poetry out there is good poetry – like a lot of clothes aren’t great clothes, or food great food….so when a poem is truly beautiful and stands the test of time, then that is a piece that truly matters. we’ve all tried to write…i’ve posted my own and my own is bizarre….not great poetry. so those who do write good poetry, i take my hat off to you!

    • Flighty says:

      Crazykites that’s true, and as you say it’s like so many things!
      I’m no good at writing it either, and likewise admire those who are! xx

  4. nikkipolani says:

    I tend to agree with crazykites, but I sure am enjoying the poetic creativity of our blogging friends here 🙂

  5. Glo says:

    Now poetry, indeed, can be so bad ~
    so cringe worthy, it rankles. It’s too sad
    when ‘poets’ just use words to make them rhyme.
    The same old ones are overused, like ‘time’
    or fun and sun or love / above. It’s nuts,
    to write in couplets, yet it’s fun,
    especially when sitting in the sun.
    You see how bad some poetry can be?
    Thank goodness we’re not talking about me 😉

  6. fraggle says:

    I’ll point out these to Carrie-ann as she may enjoy them she is doing some work on poetry for her English literature a level, she is doing carol ann duffy I think. xx

  7. Hope you enjoy your series. I do love good poetry. I remember discovering “Snowbound”. There is a kind of “soul hush” when you come across a work of art like that.

  8. Glo says:

    The icing on the cake you say,
    as words come out and start to play,
    creating mixtures to delight
    the taste of those who take a bite.
    Ingredients are measured, stirred
    until much blending has occurred.
    As batter rises in the heat,
    so poetry ascends. Each beat
    assists a metaphor. At last
    the timer rings. The mold is cast.
    It’s done. It’s baked. It’s time to ice ~
    With tongue in cheek, it’s been a slice! 😉

  9. Olivia says:

    Ha! I very nearly posted a blog last night comparing one of my verses with one of Oscar Wilde’s. Possibly I’ll email that blog in later this week from work….. xx

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