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Is form in poetry making a comeback? It is according to the BBC.

In this BBC podcast series, aspiring poet Andrew McMillan talks to a group of “contemporary British poets who are re-framing traditional techniques to write about the modern world, exploring why form is fashionable again.”

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000wc0r

Thank you to Paul Freeman who recommended this piece to the Society.

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2 Responses

  1. Florian Diaz Pesantes

    Dear Sir or Madam,
    Thank you for sharing this utterly interesting podcast! It relates to thoughts I frequently discussed with my young friend and poet Arthur L Wood, who enjoys different classic forms, rhyme and meter to express his perception of our world. I appreciate his works so much as I love to read the great ones of the past.

    I shall follow further emissions of this series with interest and pleasure.

    Kind regards
    Florian Diaz Pesantes, Winterthur

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  2. James A. Tweedie

    Let me add my plaudits to those of Florian.

    At last! A straightforward, intelligent, unabashed celebration of formal verse of the kind long-since relegated to either the margins of university English departments or the limited, although frequently passionate reach of private schools and academies.

    Even so-called Classics and English literature courses give short-shrift to what the BBC is daring to expose to an unsuspecting public–a public that, I hope, will be more open to the subject of formal poetry than the current free-verse literarchs would have us believe possible.

    Kudos to Paul for drawing this program to Evan’s attention and to Evan for passing it on to the rest of us.

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