Thursday, September 18, 2008

"Destroy anthology": poem censored

When a major UK schools exam board responded to several complaints and withdrew Carol Ann Duffy's poem, "Education for Leisure", their instructions apparently required that the anthology be 'destroyed'.

The complainants were apparently concerned that the poem might encourage knife crime.  One of them, Mrs Schofield, is an exam invigilator (supervisor of exam room).

Read more about the controversy in this article from the Guardian (UK), which also includes the poem in full.

Carol Ann Duffy's response: another poem, "Mrs Schofield's GCSE", which includes the following lines:

Explain how poetry
pursues the human like the smitten moon
above the weeping, laughing earth; how we
make prayers of it.

Read it in full here, and more about it here.


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