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The Path of Poetry: Modern and Contemporary (it even rhymes…)

August 25, 2011

So, after introducing you to some of the poetry old-timers in the form of the Romantics and the Victorians, I thought I’d jazz things up a bit by introducing you to their contemporary cousins and a more recent selection. Click on the links to read the mini reviews, and let me know if you discover something new…

The Petty Concerns of Luke Wright (contemporary) “the best young poet around”, according to The Observer.

Seamus Heaney – Colmicille the Scribe (modern) You may be familiar with Seamus Heaney from your poetry anthologies at school, or from craining your neck to take a look at this poem on the underground (like me).

Joshua Bennett – “How playful you can be with words” (contemporary) Joshua Bennett has performed for none other than Barack Obama himself and has a bright future of performance poetry.

Just for clarification, when I say modern, I mean the modern era – which takes us roughly up until the 70s/80s*  – and when I say contemporary, I mean now, up-and-coming, cutting-edge, Spoken Word, the ones to watch, you name it.

*According to scholars, we are now living in a postmodern age. For more on this, read Declaration of Dependence or check out L’Abri ideas library for some excellent talks.

Artwork: Anselm Kiefer

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