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Saturday, 25 June 2016

IN PRAISE OF POETRY




As waves of shock and sadness broke across the country after the murder of politician, Jo Cox last week, it was hard for anyone to find the right words for what had happened. But in the age of social media we are all commentators, and there is more pressure than ever for us to say something in the wake of tragedy. In the immediate aftermath, one language was being used again and again by people struggling to express how they felt. People were sharing poems  ...  people have always turned to poems in times of great sadness; it’s why we have readings at funerals  ...  and so it makes sense that when we’re faced with huge shock, we turn once again to sharing poetry.”
(Extract from a recent newspaper article by Charlotte Runcie)

Click here for the full article.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/books/what-to-read/jo-cox-and-philip-larkins-the-mower-why-internet-mourners-turn-t/

2 comments:

  1. such a meaningless tragedgy, and how the power of words can unite and console.

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  2. Richard Fleming8 July 2016 at 10:36

    It's easy to believe that poetry has no value in the modern world but then something like this happens and its true worth becomes apparent. Thanks for the comment Julian.

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