It's Poetry Day Ireland. Time to celebrate poetry in all its forms, including the classics.

Special poetry moments

Here's a recent moment from the Bring Down the Walls Reading Rooms project funded by the Henry Smith Charity, experienced by Sinead Devine: '

During an intergenerational session at Seven Oaks Care Home with children from Oak Grove Primary School I read William Wordsworth’s ‘I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud’ (also known as 'The Daffodils') and most of the residents began to recite it with me – but not necessarily reading it. They knew it by heart. The air was quite electric. I found the hairs on the back of my neck standing on end. At one point I stopped reading and the residents continued reciting the poem themselves. The children were gobsmacked, and we had a conversation about how the older generation learned poetry by rote at school and this is not the norm now. It was just one of those wonderful memories that I will cherish from this project.

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