This weekend, I was surprised to learn from an opinion piece in The Independent that “poetry is dying”. I was even more surprised to discover, in the following line, that “[actually], it’s pretty dead already for all intents and purposes.”
Bringing poetry to the streets of E17
As England plays host to the largest Shakespeare festival in history, are the Bard’s works wholly relevant in this modern age?
Sex, lies and betrayal hardly seem unfamiliar to the morning headlines, yet can we really say that in constructing his plays around them, these themes were a pre-emptive suggestion from Shakespeare that our society (and lives) will forever be dominated by such things?
A Cannes Film Festival winner and favourite, Lee Chang-dong’s Poetry is raw and unsentimental and features a masterclass performance by Jeong-Hie Yun as Mija at its centre.
For decades the world of poetry has been simultaneously lamenting the supposed demise of its impact on society, and having an internal discussion about whether poetry still has any relevance in the modern world.
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