Poetry Is Communication

  • 2 Hours including a short interval
  • Monday 03 February 2020

Venue: The Horse Hospital, Colonnade (off Herbrand Street), Bloomsbury, London WC1N 1JD  (map below)

  • 2 Hours including a short interval
  • Monday 30 March 2020

Venue: The Hop Blossom, Long Garden Walk, Farnham, Surrey GU9 7HX  (map below)


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Poetry Is Communication

People who love poetry all have special poems in their lives to which they feel gratitude or indebtedness and one of the most common reasons for that special feeling seems to be that they had felt at the time, and have since, that a poem had communicated with them as though face to face. In Poetry Is Communication, Graham invites his audience to live and re-live their own personal relationship with all the poetry they have ever read and listened to since they were old enough to find pleasure and meaning in it, so that they go away at the end not only remembering what has always communicated and meant so much to them but cherishing its depths afresh, even as though for the first time. This evening was originally commissioned as the lead lecture for a conference on Poetry and Communication held at the University of Milan’s campus at Feltre in the pre-Alps and given there in Italian in 2000. This new lecture-performance, illustrated throughout from a wide range of poetry, tells a story - in voices as personal and engaging as good eye-contact between people - of discovering poems which talk straight to us, including by John Donne, Anna Akhmatova and Elizabeth Barrett Browning.

"Your talk, Poetry Is Communication, last Monday to the Wye Arts Association, was unlike any other. Your lyrical presentation, illustrating through poets and poetry the heart and meaning of your talk, was uplifting, stimulating and challenging. It was received differently by each of us attending, depending on how we have experienced the depths of poetry, but, nevertheless, greatly appreciated by all".
Secretary Wye Arts Association

Top picture:
National September 11 Memorial Museum, New York City

Lower pictures (left to right):
Isaac Oliver: John Donne
Unknown photographer: Anna Akhmatova
Unknown artist: Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Tickets £15

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Available Bookings on 3 February 2020

Horse Hospital  7:00 pm – 9:00 pm90 spaces available

Available Bookings on 30 March 2020

Hop Blossom  7:00 am – 9:00 pm30 spaces available

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