The ‘power and importance of poetry’, he insists, is that overcoming the struggle and challenge of absorbing reams of it reaps dividends, psychologically and spiritually. ‘If you are conscious of the journey you are taking, wherever you are it will help you know where you are going next.’ I can’t work out if this is helpful advice — it’s a bit mystical. But Brandreth is keen on spelling out big messages.
Learning poetry by heart as a child ‘can improve your ability to succeed at school, in exams, in interviews, in life,’ he asserts.... As to having access to the poems themselves — simply buy or steal this book, with its comprehensive selections.
Indeed, to instil a love of literature, a copy of Dancing By The Light Of The Moon ought to find its way into every home in the land.