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Dancing by the Light of the Moon by Gyles Brandreth

Dancing By The Light of The Moon

Over 250 poems to read, relish and recite

Gyles Brandreth

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Category: Poetry, Non-fiction
Imprint: Michael Joseph Ltd
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publication date: 5 Sep 2019
ISBN: 9780241397923

A little poetry really can save your life . . . Poetry is officially good for you. Not only does it enhance literacy in the young, but learning poetry by heart is the one truly pleasurable thing you can do to improve memory, boost brain power, extend your vocabulary and beat cognitive decline as time goes by. In Dancing by the Light of the Moon, Gyles Brandreth shares over 250 poems to read, relish and recite, as well as his advice on how to learn poetry by heart, and the benefits of doing so. Whether you are nine, nineteen or ninety, the poems and advice in this book provide the most enjoyable, moving and inspiring way to ensure a lifetime of dancing by the light of the moon - one joyous poem at a time . . .

4 stars out of 5
Roger Lewis
21 Nov 2019

"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."

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.

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