A tiny bit of poetry

In a tiny blog post, I muse on the crossover between poetry and music and share a few things I’ve enjoyed listening to recently.

Two things have prompted me to write this blog post. First up, this week I have been mostly enjoying the National Trust’s advert on the television. I love Dr John Cooper Clarke’s poem, the sound of the sea in the line ‘Dishevelled shells and shovelled sands’, the rhymes ‘shrieks, creaks, weeks’ and the repetition of the ‘And that’s where the sea comes in…’ at the end of each stanza echoing the tide repeatedly breaking on the shore. As an inhabitant of landlocked Coventry, this poem makes me yearn for the coast. It isn’t finished yet and you can help Dr John Cooper Clarke finish it by sharing your memories and love of the coast using #lovethecoast. To get an idea of the ideas being shared for this Nation’s Ode to the Coast just click here.

My second reason for blogging today, was hearing this on 6 Music this afternoon. Thanks Rad Mac, I enjoyed this one.

Kate Tempest is such a prodigious talent and if I’m ever called upon to sell poetry to a sceptical or challenging audience she’s my ‘go to’ artist/poet.

So on hearing these two poets perform why did I feel the need to blog? Well, it’s something along the lines of the following thoughts:

  • You can’t underestimate the power of hearing a poet perform their own work. Yes, I can read the work of John Cooper Clarke and Kate Tempest myself but how could I EVER perform it the way they do?
  • We need to make time for children to perform their poetry to their peers.
  • We should invite poets into school to share their work and expertise with teachers and children.

There is a long crossover tradition between poetry and music, which is something that my Primary English co-founder, Charlotte Reed, blogged about in 2013.

And that’s it. A tiny little blog about performance poetry inspired by watching the adverts on t.v. and listening to the radio on a rainy Tuesday afternoon.

Rachel Clarke, Director – Primary English

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