Poetry by Heart

I attended a very good NAWE Poetry by Heart seminar/CPD day at the Swedenborg Institute in London yesterday, organised by Anne Caldwell, featuring Peter Sansom on Poetry & Memory. Learning a poem by heart is not only a brilliant way to get inside and fully appreciate a poem, it’s enriching. I’m impressed by the diverse selection of poems on the Poetry by Heart website, not least its inclusion of poems by Frank O’Hara, Roy Fisher, Denise Riley and WS Graham. The next stage of the project is to get more poets involved, working in schools; I’m looking forward to being part of this. I had a lot of fun as an English teacher working with young people on learning and ‘performing’ poems, so it will be good to draw on this experience, working with students and teachers.

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2 thoughts on “Poetry by Heart

  1. Ted Hughes did an interesting and related book some years back: By Heart:101 Poems to Remember. He discussed in the Intro things like aspects of memory arts.
    All good stuff. So glad you posted this.

  2. Yes, I remember the Ted Hughes book, the intro was really interesting. The PbH website has got some good things on memorising as well. Thanks for your comment, Michael.

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