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Carry a Poem – Press Launch Monday, 15 February 2010

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Carry a Poem is in full swing, and most of the books have flown out of libraries, cafes and pubs across town.  The poetry pocketcards have been so popular that we are releasing another batch across town at the end of this week.

You can still get books (while stocks last, at least) at most of our Carry a Poem events, and while you’re there, why not share your story of the poem you carry?  If you aren’t able to make any of the events, then we’ve put together a wee video from the Carry a Poem launch to give you a taste:

Thanks to Amy MacDonald, Lilias Fraser, Catherine Lockerbie and Robin Harper MSP for sharing the poems they carry on camera.


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Gerard Manley Hopkins is regarded as one of the finest poets of the Victorian era. He was born in Essex in 1844. Hopkins studied at Oxford University and became a Jesuit priest, writing poetry on the side. Hopkins taught and preached for the Jesuits around Britain, but none of his poems were published during his lifetime. After his death in 1889, his friend edited a volume of his poetry which was finally published in 1918. Hopkins became widely known for his innovative use of rhythm, which was revolutionary in its time and influential on many 20th century poets.