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Lyric or Lyrics?

When is a poem not a poem?  This week sees the final of a national poetry recitation competition, Poetry By Heart, for 14 to 18 year olds.  Encouragingly, given that medieval literature is these days not so often taught in schools, Middle English poetry is featured on the competition’s timeline of pieces from which to choose.  Indeed, last year’s winner, Kaiti Soultana, chose the extract from Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, in the original Middle English, as one of her recitations.  Here‘s her winning performance.

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