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Why we all need poetry in our lives

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Poetry is an underappreciated art form.

We associate it with pretentious hipsters in coffee bars and old dusty poets who have long gone. I must admit for the first few years I studied it, I hated it. The mathematical rhyme schemes, the over complicated meanings.

A blue curtain is never just a blue curtain, (English students will understand this pain).There is a magic to poetry, that cannot be felt through other forms of literature.

The clever wordplay, metaphors and emotional depth can tug at your heart in a way that a book never could. It took one very special university tutor and one incredible poet to change my mind. I discovered this not by reading Wordsworth, Keats or Poe.

But by being entranced by a modern........

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