The email came at the last minute. A friend of mine texted me to see if I wanted to experience an evening of Poetry reading at the Barbican Library, London.
Now, I know absolutely nothing of poetry. I have a vague memory of my primary school years when we were almost forced to study poetry and then recite it aloud in front of the class. I removed from my memory those horrible moments where my brain refused to remember line after line, like in a trance. So, I decided it was the time to make my peace with poetry. Someone else was reading anyway!!! So I went. And I really had a lovely evening. The poems were read by a group of readers from the Keats House and they read works by the 20th century poet Edward Thomas (1878–1917). Beautiful and emotional poems based on E. Thomas experience of his life prior and during WWI. So delicate and expressive, only like a poem can be! I loved the poem written for his wife Helen in 1916. So sweet and affectionate. Here is for you if you’d like to read it.
Poetry is good for the soul and the mind. It can be an excellent tool for anybody who is studying English. Here is why:
1. it can break down the rule of the language: it encourages a broader understanding of grammar, punctuation, rhythm and sound. It supports in a creative way the need of expression and it has no boundaries.
2. it touches the soul: there is no need to understand it or to make sense of it. We only need to listen to a poem that resounds with our feelings and needs to makes us happy.
3. it helps develop reading and listening skills: when reading aloud or on our own it stimulates our confidence to develop oral language skills.
4. it promotes social and networking skills: being part of a reading or conversation group stimulates social skills and sharing of ideas and views form different cultural backgrounds.
Overall, poetry can be a most useful learning tool and a valuable instrument for classroom interaction.
I hope to have generated a bit of curiosity in you.