‘Someone recently said to me, in reference to my poetry podcast, that you’d think poetry would be more popular than ever, in the twenty-first century, because people don’t have a lot of time and ‘novels are often quite big while poems are often quite small’. I referred them to Doctor Who’s Tardis.’
Frank Skinner wants you to read more poetry. Wait, wait – don’t stop reading. Whether you’re a frequent poetry reader or haven’t read any since sixth form, Frank’s infectious passion for language, rhythm and metre will win you over and provide you with the basic tools you need to tackle any poem.
In this short, easy-to-digest and delightful book, Frank guides us through the twists and turns of ‘Pad, pad’ by Stevie Smith, a short, seemingly simple poem that contains multitudes of meaning and a deceptive depth of emotion. Revel in the mastery of Stevie Smith’s choice of words, consider the eternal mystery of the speaker of the poem and be moved by rhyming couplets like you never have before.
Give it a go. You never know, you might even enjoy it.