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Poetry and its Words

Poetry and its Words

A poem a day keeps you on your toes in the day

June 21, 2016

If there’s one small regret I have in life it is that I don’t read enough poetry. This is also ironic because on some days I’m actually teaching this rather romantic subject. But teaching poetry to willing learners, usually just a small class of exceptional young women and men, and sitting in a quiet corner or on a park bench all by yourself, reading just a few lines of poetry are two different matters altogether. The aesthetic and esthetic results will be entirely different. Continue Reading…

History, Poetry and its Words

Nelson Mandela’s poetic icons

June 21, 2016

There will be no direct quotations from the poems that I’m about to mention, but if you are interested, you can surely look up these quickly over the internet. It is that easy nowadays to access poems from famous poets and hundreds of others whose names are not (yet) part of legend. Many of you may not have access to printed anthologies right now, so the internet is a quick search and find resource. In this case, all you need to do is look up these two poems listed below.

The first one, many of you might know quite well. Some of you may have even received it as part of a prescribed reading list back at high school or college. Continue Reading…