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Why Poetry Matters

BBC Two

Griff Rhys Jones makes a passionate and personal plea for poetry, exploring how verse has the power to enlighten, entertain, stimulate and seduce. With the help of friends and literary fans, Griff explores the wondrous works present throughout the catalogue of great English poets- unearthing the enriching influence these timeless pieces still wield in the modern world.

Produced and Directed: Louise Hooper
Executive Producers: John Blake and Jacquie Hughes
First transmitted Wednesday 20th May 2009 on BBC TWO

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