Concise and dense, I see poetry as the most rewarding and accessible form of literary art. In 2013, Faber & Faber published the first collection of the “most asked-for and most broadcast pieces ever” aired on the long-running BBC Radio 4 verse programme, Poetry Please, introducing readers to a valuable list of Britain’s favourite verse. This comprehensive anthology of well-received poems has opened my eyes to some brilliant works.
I am in no way qualified to educate on the matter of poetry, having only discovered the sincere worth and power of words in recent months. Instead, this blog will serve largely as a form of self-teaching, working through each of the poems in BBC Radio 4’s Poetry Please, completing research on poet, style, genre and content as I go.
One aspect of the analysis of poetry which I take issue with is the common tendency to focus on poet and authorial intent. Whilst it is important to be aware of where a poem derives from, I see it as far more beneficial and interesting to shift our attention to the way in which we as readers receive literature, and this is one of the aims of my blog.
A resolution of mine for 2018 was to learn and share, and I can see no better place to publicly start my exploration of new cultures, perspectives and writing styles than the diverse subject of poetry on the Medium platform.