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Poetry and sport

For next year the Welsh Rugby Union will have a poet in residence. He is Owen Sheers, a well-known Welsh writer.

I don’t know if this is the first time a sport has had its own poet, but in Wales, land of bards, where poets are highly regarded, the combination is not surprising.

Rugby arouses strong emotion and encourages its expression; neither players nor spectators hold back from showing their feelings. Poetry articulates all the varieties of emotion and shows us how to think about them. A natural pairing.

Despite having lived in South Wales at one time, I know almost nothing about rugby and can’t imagine what a poet will find to write about. However, Mr Sheers is a fan of the game and is no doubt brimming with ideas to bring it closer to poetry-lovers, and poetry closer to sport fans.

I’m looking forward to reading the results and, who knows, I might learn something about rugby.


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  1. WordsFallFromMyEyes on said:

    This sounds really interesting!!

    Yes, rugby is an impassioned sport – players & viewers alike – but how can you make a poem without all the swear words that normally accompany that passion?!

    I think it’s fascinating they have a poet in residence. I love tennis but seriously don’t think I could get poetic about it. Mr Sheers’ 2012 is way more interesting than mine!

    Was just cruising the pages…. Kind regards, Noeleen


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