Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Great Regulars: [Josephine Hart] also had strong views

about how poetry should be understood.

"She thought there were three parts to understanding. First, she agreed with Eliot that to know something of the life of the poet mean you could understand the poet better. She also believe that poetry should be read out loud. Auden said no poetry that is better read than heard is good poetry. And, finally, the poems should be read aloud by great actors. That's how the Poetry Hours evolved."

The Poetry Hours will continue because Saatchi is Hart and that  is what she would have done.

from Bryan Appleyard: from The Sunday Times: Close to Madness: The Grief of Maurice Saatchi


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