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Ganstas in Church by Ann Treacy
April 5, 2008, 1:11 pm
Filed under: Dun Laoghaire

We went to 2 interesting lectures this week. And I’m using the royal we here. On Monday night, Kate and Patrick went to school/church to see John the gangster from London talk about how he found God.

Apparently the place was hopping. Patrick thought it was a good night. Kate thought it was strange. I thought it was a little strange too.

On Thursday Patrick and I went to hear Ruth Padel, the keynote speaker for the International Poetry Festival in Dun Laoghaire. (OK, yes I mostly went to have dinner beforehand.)

She talked about reading a poem for sound and about how the vowels move the poem from one line to another. She had a few interesting stories about, for example, the great vowel shift in English that apparently happened between the 12th and 18th centuries. It was the shift that moved us from Middle to Modern English, when English speakers stopped pronouncing vowels like the rest of Europe and started pronouncing them as we do now – closer towards the teeth.

I actually did find this interesting – but the connection between it and reading a poem was a little lost on me


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