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Is poetry dead? The government doesn’t think so: state schools are compiling lists of poems that they think all children should know by heart, after Ofsted launched an investigation into the cultural knowledge children take with them when leaving school.


This is a subject close to my heart. For years, I’ve promoted poetry through anthologies of verse, apps, live events, and articles. Part of the logic behind the recent decision is that learning the same poems means we always have something in common, no matter what our backgrounds. This is an idea that cuts across political lines.


But just what is the point of poetry, anyway, and why should we be memorising poems in school?


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