Comments for http://wwwsearch.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/09/poetry_elections_heroes_and_wa.shtml http://wwwsearch.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/09/poetry_elections_heroes_and_wa.shtml en-gb 30 Wed 16 Apr 2014 23:17:46 GMT+1 A feed of user comments from the page found at http://wwwsearch.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/09/poetry_elections_heroes_and_wa.shtml starGodber http://wwwsearch.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/09/poetry_elections_heroes_and_wa.shtml?page=87#comment7 Eddie,I heard Sat pm re the withdrawal of Duffy's poem and the proposed substitute - Stealing? (also by Duffy).In the week the Beijing Paralympics began may I propose instead a poem byDuro Onota, a teacher at secondary school in Abuja, Nigeria. Mr Onata who lost the ability to read printed texts in 1991, is an advocate for CBM - the world's largest organisation working with people with disabilities. www.cbmuk.org.ukHere's an extract from his poem 'Having my say':Let me have my sayAs the spirit inspiresAs my soul interpretsThe divine messagesLet me be uncelebratedRefusing to tread beaten trailsBut always be rememberedTo have had my say my way by Duro OnotaPlease let's give the next generation something positive to focus on. Sun 07 Sep 2008 22:07:06 GMT+1 barriesingleton http://wwwsearch.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/09/poetry_elections_heroes_and_wa.shtml?page=75#comment6 POLITICIANI’m a politicianI choose my words with careTo say precisely what’s not on my mindNo matter what was askedMy evasion’s unsurpassedThe word “integrity” I’ve re-defined. I am on a missionTo bring a better lifeThrough that wonder of mankind; democracyThe way it is definedI should heed the voter mindBut that interferes with rank hypocrisy. I need no permissionMy passport’s this rosetteThat the punters voted for when I got in.I owe people no allegianceIt’s the Party gave me my chanceI shall do my leader’s will through thick and thin.I am raw ambitionIt has consumed my soulSo much the better – I am free to act.On the stage of politicsI use all the actor tricksAnd find fiction so much truer than is fact.I make no admissionSave in every word I speakAnd those who have the ear, hear me well.I talk my way to promotionWith such party-line devotionUnaware that each rise takes me nearer hell.My sins of commissionHave triggered total fissionWe’re in meltdown and it can’t get any hotter.Charisma doesn’t last;All my greatness in the pastThey have rumbled that I’m just a dirty rotter. Sun 07 Sep 2008 21:03:37 GMT+1 sandgogledd http://wwwsearch.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/09/poetry_elections_heroes_and_wa.shtml?page=62#comment5 Hadron ColliderWednesday 10th September,mark this day on your calendar,Every scientist will wake to say"Yippee it's Hadron Collider Day!""Today we get to flick the switch,let's hope it goes without a hitch,or else there'll be a big black holeto swallow every mortal soul"."Or else we'll all get turned to gooand there'll be nothing else to do,but gaze around in awe-struck wonderat clever peoples' major blunder".Of sub-atomic particles,reporters write their articles,"Do not trust the scientistssearching reasons we exist!""They have not you or I in mind,nor the good of all mankind!"Apocolyptic speculation,scientists above their station.How do we begin to findcures for ills, to heal the blind?If scientists are bogeymen,it really is the end-amen. Sun 07 Sep 2008 19:53:17 GMT+1 steelpulse http://wwwsearch.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/09/poetry_elections_heroes_and_wa.shtml?page=50#comment4 Challenging poetry. It has been with us seemly forever. Phillip Larkin's "They **** you up, your mum and dad. They may not mean to, but they do. They fill you with the faults they had And add some extra, just for you. But they were ****ed up in their turn By fools in old-style hats and coats, Who half the time were soppy-stern And half at one another's throats. Man hands on misery to man. It deepens like a coastal shelf. Get out as early as you can, And don't have any kids yourself"But procreation continues doesn't it? Sat 06 Sep 2008 18:22:24 GMT+1 stroodcayenne http://wwwsearch.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/09/poetry_elections_heroes_and_wa.shtml?page=37#comment3 I have just heard the speakers on ipm talking about the withdrawal of Duffy's excellent poem. I am an English teacher who has taught the poem since it was first published in the AQA Anthology and I can confidently say that none of my students have ever felt the need to go out and emulate any of the actions described within it, but it has prompted some very useful classroom discussion. The people calling for the exclusion of this poem have missed the whole point of it entirely.How ridiculous to say that we should not read about violence with our students, that we should read 'modern' poets like Wordsworth! Of course it is important that our students have access to the literary canon as well, but we ignore modern writers at our peril. Perhaps we ought not to teach Lord of the Flies, Of Mice and Men or The Crucible either? I dread to think what our society would be like if these censors had their way - there may be a lot we would like to change in our world, but we will not achieve it by banning poetry. Sat 06 Sep 2008 17:13:19 GMT+1 DI_Wyman http://wwwsearch.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/09/poetry_elections_heroes_and_wa.shtml?page=25#comment2 talking of washing up! why do brides wear white when getting married?........................so they don't clash with the rest of the kitchen appliences.(ok..ok I'm going) Sat 06 Sep 2008 16:26:17 GMT+1 Big Sister http://wwwsearch.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/09/poetry_elections_heroes_and_wa.shtml?page=12#comment1 Is the washing up liquid a follow on from the dinner item, Eddie? And who's wielding the scourer? Sat 06 Sep 2008 16:14:20 GMT+1 steelpulse http://wwwsearch.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/09/poetry_elections_heroes_and_wa.shtml?page=0#comment0 Eddie, I read sometimes via the Web and talking of heroes - in a new poll Tony Blair is seen as the ONLY acceptable alternative to Gordon Brown as the Labour leader and presumably PM again - if the Conservative Party lead in the polls is to be reduced?It made me think. Has that ever happened anywhere in the world? A man who is replaced as leader of his Party - replaces his successor before any new Election has been called?What is the reason our collective memory is so short I also wondered. Sat 06 Sep 2008 16:11:10 GMT+1