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For The Love Of Poetry

Yesterday, I came across an article by Melik Kaylan entitled “For the Love of Poetry”, https://www.forbes.com/2009/04/06/memorize-poetry-education-opinions-columnists-thomas-hardy.html.

Kaylan offers a spirited defence of traditional (rhyming) poetry, and of the benefits flowing from memorising it.

I vividly recollect learning Alfred Noyes’s poem “The Highwayman as a child, and reciting it to an audience, https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/43187/the-highwayman. Noyes’s poem has a wonderful rhythm and I can still recall large chunks of “The Highwayman”.

I believe that being introduced to relatively simple (rhyming) poetry as a young boy kindled in me my love of the art. Had I been faced with free verse poetry at the same age, I am not sure that my love of poetry would have developed as it has.

There is (as I’ve said here before) much great free verse poetry. However my personal preference is for poetry that rhymes, or has some kind of meter to it. I also remain a traditionalist in that I agree with Kaylan as regards the benefits of memorising poetry.

As always, I would be interested in the views of my readers.


Results of the competition to win a print copy of “My Old Clock I Wind and Other Poems” by Kevin Morris

On 8 June, I launched a competition offering my readers a chance to win a free, signed copy of my forthcoming collection of poetry, “My Old Clock I Wind and Other Poems”, https://newauthoronline.com/2017/06/08/your-chance-to-win-a-signed-print-copy-of-poet-kevin-morriss-forthcoming-collection-of-poetry-my-old-clock-i-wind-and-other-poems/.

I am pleased to announce that the winner is Annette Rochelle Aben, https://annetterochelleaben.wordpress.com/

Congratulations to Annette who wins a signed copy of my book.

The answer to the question I set on 8 June, is “The Highwayman” by Alfred Noyes.

To read this wonderful English balad please go to https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems-and-poets/poems/detail/43187