The pleasure and personal benefit derived from reading, reciting and writing poetry is sometimes overlooked. An ancient art and important method of communicating from declarations of love to political message. Looking back through history much of early literature dating back to the Greeks and Romans is in fact poetry, though rarely recited as such because of course they were written in ancient language which is tricky to translate maintaining the same rhythm.
Engage with poetry and you will find improvements in your speech and vocab – it’s a fashion that has never died and reincarnates constantly – look at Stormzy and his Grenfell Tower piece – hailed as the new poet laureate. The vocabulary and the tone has changed, but still the messages are evocative and powerful and the rhyme can make them memorable. Your favourite?
Digby “Before Agincourt” by William Shakespeare
Emily “The energy of the Night Mail” by WH Auden
Kate “Invictus” by William Ernest Henley
Hetty “The owl and the pussycat” by Edwards Lear
Georgia “I carry your heart” by E.E. Cummings
Eva “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud” by William Wordsworth
Charlie “Still I rise” by Maya Angelou
Kito “No help for that” by Charles Bukowski
Therese “He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven” by W.B. Yeats