A Little History of Poetry – A video interview with author John Carey

What is poetry? If music is sound organized in a particular way, poetry is a way of organizing language. It is language made special so that it will be remembered and valued. It does not always work—over the centuries countless thousands of poems have been forgotten. This little history is about some that have not.

In this short video interview, author of A Little History of Poetry, John Carey talks us through the language of poetry, revolutionary poets, how a poet’s life influences their work and why poetry is important for us.


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John Carey is emeritus professor at Oxford. His books include The Essential “Paradise Lost,” What Good Are the Arts?, studies of Donne and Dickens, and a biography of William Golding. The Unexpected Professor, his memoir, was a Sunday Times best-seller.


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