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Talking Poetry [Feb. 18th, 2018|11:45 am]
Tony Grist
 We're having a run of good weather. My sister and I were sitting out on the patio on the swing-seat yesterday afternoon talking about The Waste Land- as you do. 

And I was reading sections aloud- which was a pleasure. Poetry should be read aloud. Or sung. It's how it started- with bards and minstrels and troubadors entertaining the illiterate.  And now it seems to be going back to its origins. As a person who wrote for the page I used to rather look down my nose at slams and such- but I was wrong. The poem on the page is secondary. Poetry is speech before it is literature and the Nobel judges who gave their prize to Dylan were pointing the way- which is both the way back and the way forward- a return to the high road as it were.

From: (Anonymous)
2018-02-18 06:09 pm (UTC)

Talking poetry

I Enjoyed hearing the poem, read by you, brought to life and explained as well. I found it difficult on the page and wanted to understand it related to the art exhibition on at Turner Contemporary.
As suggested, I've listened to the poem in full, read and acted by Fiona Shaw. She also brings it to life and brings a great range of emotions. It's very good. Thank you for recommending listening to it. There are very many readings on You Tube...
Jenny x

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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-02-18 06:18 pm (UTC)

Re: Talking poetry


I'll check out the Shaw recording. Thanks for the recommendation.
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