Lowering your anti-poetry protective shield

If the word “Poetry” is a complete turn-off for you, I urge you to check out this fifteen minute TED video.
Poetry-lovers will, of course, enjoy it too.

I think the animated form fits perfectly with good, short, succinct poems and I’d love to see more of it. 

“Forgetfulness”, around six-and-a-half minutes in, is not only delightful but perfectly, sadly, completely, true in my case.

I also love the mouse in “The Country” (at around the 9 minute mark) who becomes the torch-bearer.  Wonderful!

Many readers (and reviewers) are terrified when confronted with poetry because it can be so subjective and seemingly introverted but as Billy Collins shows in this video, it can become crystal clear via an animated backdrop.

Collins’ final poem is recited without animation but it connects powerfully nevertheless. And anyone who’s ever parented a teenager will have a good chuckle.


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