Why poetry matters in our world more than ever before

University House G12
Saturday 19 October 2019 (16:00-17:00)

This talk will look at the role of poetry in the world and the way it resonates with different people and cultures.

Throughout the ages, poetry has been used as an integral tool for the reinforcement of religious and moral values. Often it has acted as a medium for entertainment and public discourse.

We can trace its development from the oral tradition to our multi-media society. Poetry has also influenced our culture – art, music and drama – and even our vernacular/speech patterns. The recent development of mass media and global communication have further impacted the way we see and use poetry. At present it is undergoing a process of change whereby we are witnessing a regenerative process.

Poet and academic, Roshan Doug, discusses the story of poetry by shifting his focus from one culture to another – from the past to the present – to show the enduring powers of this form. 

Book to the Future

This event is part of Book to the Future - the University of Birmingham's annual festival of the written and spoken word. It features an exciting programme of free workshops, panel discussions, performances and author talks. 

The festival is open to all who are interested in the arts. It welcomes staff and students of the University of Birmingham, but also extends a warm invitation to the general public. We look forward to welcoming you!

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