Passionate about Poetry

I’ve just watched Gryff Rhys Jones getting passionate about poetry in the BBC2 documentary ‘Why Poetry Matters‘. He covered a wide range of stuff in a direct, gutsy way, his genuine passion positively burning as he steered a course through the familar and the less familiar. He wasn’t the only one getting fired up. Nicolas Hytner was practically jumping off the screen with enthusiasm for iambic pentameter. Reminded me of the days when I marched around a classroom demonstrating the rhythm. It was so not a dumbing down of the subject and actually embodied its point about poetry being visceral as well as intellectual. Catch it on iplayer if you can!

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