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Carol Ann Duffy: Social media and texting are forms of poetry

7th September 2011

Posting on social media sites and sending text messages are forms of poetry, according to the poet laureate, who has claimed that these methods of communication help youngsters to develop their literary skills.

Carol Ann Duffy told the Guardian the proliferation of social networking in recent years through the likes of Facebook and Twitter has been unfairly criticised in some circles, even though it could have significant benefits.

According to the 55-year-old, tweets and Facebook updates allow teenagers in particular to 'condense their thoughts' in a similar manner to how they would construct a poem.

'The poem is a form of texting ... it's the original text. We've got to realise that the Facebook generation is the future – and, oddly enough, poetry is the perfect form for them,' she added.

Duffy went on to suggest that, of all the art forms, poetry is the one most likely to survive in the coming decades thanks to its versatility as a condensed medium of expression.

Today, the poet laureate is launching a new competition in secondary schools that invites students to compile their own poetry anthologies, in a bid to foster more tangible relationships between children and the arts.

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