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12:16pm on Saturday, 6th September, 2008:

Choice Words


Background: a poem written by Carol Ann Duffy over 20 years ago has been taken off the English Literature GCSE syllabus because it's conceivable that someone who didn't see what it was getting at might consider it to be encouraging knife crime. Indeed, the reason it was taken off the syllabus would appear to be that someone did indeed not see what it was getting at: Pat Schofield, an external examiner at Lutterworth College, Leicestershire, whose complaint led to the ban. In response, Carol Ann Duffy has written a poem, which The Guardian eagerly reported on its from page.

OK, so here's The Guardian's headline, plus the poem (you can read the full article on The Guardian's web site):

Maybe I'm missing something, or I'm not reading this with the right internal accent, but calling this "rhyming" is a bit of a stretch, isn't it?

Yes, all that just to moan about a headline.

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