Poetry: Why it is Important: Scott Griffin at TEDxBishopsU

05/03/2013 18:35:05

Scott Griffin is a Canadian businessman and philanthropist best known for founding the Griffin Poetry Prize, one of the world's most generous poetry awards in 2000, and Poetry In Voice, a recitation competition for Canadian high schools. He is also the Chancellor of Bishop's University. Chancellor Griffin sits on several NGO boards, as a director of Canadian Executive Services Overseas CESO, a volunteer advisor to CESO, and a director of African Medical and Research Foundation AMREF Canada. In 2006, Chancellor Griffin published a memoir entitled My Heart is Africa that recounted his two-year aviation adventure starting in 1996, working for the Flying Doctors Service in Africa. He was appointed an officer of the Order of Canada in December, 2012. His talk explores the importance of poetry in society.

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Nathan Moon

It's important because it's enduring.

14/03/2016
Avtoandlevan

His public speaking skills are impressive, but he didn't answer the question, Why it is Important?

09/03/2016
Quixotte

My favorite poet is Galaktion Tabidze.

06/02/2016
Mike Fuller

What a Big Head!

28/12/2015
Mike Fuller

My favourite poets are Shadwell, Cibber, McGonagall and Paula Nancy Millstone Jennings.

28/12/2015
bumbuleetaaja

hello,
is there a transcript available for this?

24/11/2015
Mick Funz

Contests and grants & Poetry months are all fine & dandy but you've got to start digging into the deeper, sometimes subversive elements of poetry to get it back into the hearts of man. There is no statue of Irving Layton in Canada because Irving offended & challenged popular notions. His work, in a way, offends the common man. But so does much of Literature. What you do is you make poetry appear like the true subversion of commonality that it can be & then it's an option for young people. Poetry Slams & spoken word curry too much to laziness & common ideas, it's doing nothing more than allowing people to pat themselves on the back. The discipline of real writing & poetry will seem a true life path to more if it's represented right, the right poets saying & writing about the right things. Especially in the world of poetry, the most of what has been written is negligeable

01/06/2015
nalle karhu

Poetry is is perfect
But music more so
For when im sad
Between notes ..i go
Mere words console
Of that no doubt
But vibrating strings
With some one who sings
Is for me
A more wonderful thing



16/05/2015
CHLOE JAMES

Love

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