Who reads poetry?

Jackie Kay of the Guardian argues the case of poetry in a lovely (if old) article. Perhaps she is right (even though I instinctively shudder at the sheer glance of something proudly entitled `Costa book awards’. It must be the snob in me, and not the poetry-reader or the sociologist. The poetry-reader rejoices: surely, it must be good that anyone sponsors poetry. The sociologist muses on the shifting place of reading in contemporary life).

Who reads poetry? (Photographer: Idle Ethnographer TM)

Who reads poetry? (Photographer: Idle Ethnographer TM)

Read Kay’s article here.


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  1. I think it is very hard for poetry to be loved now. People don’t seem to value it anymore but let its one of things we study at school.

    • Maybe..maybe not! for example, how about music lyrics? I think people will always love good poetry and a good story, and they come in various forms, not necessarily ‘classic’ ones

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