Tuesday, June 19, 2012

News at Eleven: Famously, when he was in a concentration camp,

Primo Levi held on to his humanity by reciting Dante and teaching it to another inmate. As a hostage in Lebanon, Brian Keenan relied on the one treasure his guards could not confiscate: the literature he had learnt at school in Belfast. Both men fell back on the poetry stored in their memories and, in the words of John Donne, made "one little room an everywhere".

You don't need to be a prisoner for poetry to be a comfort.

from The Telegraph: The sun came out when Michael Gove championed poetry for schoolchildren


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