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If you think rap is too violent read this (or get a slap)


It is a cliché to argue that rap is nothing more than a noisy, misogynistic, homophobic rant. But compare it with the cultural inheritance of the Anglo-Saxon groups. This is from Seamus Heaney’s translation of Beowolf (Faber 1999), which includes … Continue reading

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wot is poetry? (three answers for the price of one)


1 -The Conundrum of the Workshop What is the difference between a good poem, a bad poem and something which is not poetry at all? There is no simple answer, but there are a few simple responses which can render … Continue reading

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Does poetry have rules?


Does poetry have rules? No. But yes. But no. Each generation or new movement breaks away from old routines, habits and restrictions to create a new way of making poetry. That is how we develop and keep it fresh. Often, … Continue reading

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