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Poets should help in teaching, says Motion.

Poet Laureate Andrew Motion called on the Government yesterday to improve the teaching of poetry - by having teachers coached by established verse-writers.

Delivering the Arts Council/ RSA Annual Lecture at the Royal Society of Arts in Central London, Mr Motion praised the recent introduction of the Literacy Hour for schoolchildren.

But he said the need to improve grammar, spelling and comprehension must be seen merely as a first step on the road to boosting poetry awareness.

And Mr Motion suggested that teachers should be given specialist tuition by real-life poets.

He said: "I'm particularly interested in the idea of establishing a regular series of weekend conferences for teachers, at which they can share thoughts about their various aims and difficulties as teachers of poetry, and meet invited poets as well."

Mr Motion spoke of how he was struck by the "emotional power" of poetry when he went to read the lines of verse attached to "the lake of flowers" at the gates of Kensington Palace after the death of Diana, Princess of Wales.
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Date:Mar 9, 2000
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