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From IndyRef to Corbyn—what’s the point of political poetry?

We shouldn't dismiss the power of left-wing verse

By Harry Giles  

Poet Harry Giles contributed to rallies and anthologies in the run-up to last year's Scottish independence referendum

What can poets really add to an ongoing political debate? It was a question I asked myself repeatedly last year when, as a Scottish poet engaged with social movements, I was flattered with requests to contribute poems to pro-Independence publications. By the time of the vote I’d lost a sense of what the point of it all…

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