Tuesday, 10 November 2009

In Defence of Poetry

Wes Brown has an interesting article up about defending poetry here.

I cannot believe that one of Carol Ann Duffy's poems ('Education for Leisure') was censored by AQA for daring to discuss knife-crime and the flushing of goldfish down the toilet. Frankly, if they were going to remove the poem from the syllabus, it should be because it's not exactly her best poem. I like it, and it does, as she says, use simple language in a somewhat complicated way, but I find her poetry hit and miss, and this one, whilst clever, seems to lack a little flavour. But it most certainly should not have been banned.

What next? Banning school dinners for being unhealthy? Oh wait . . .

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