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Go Poets! Poetry at the Olympics

Did you know that poetry was an Olympic sport — with gold, silver, and bronze medals? Long, long ago, the original Greek games always had a poetry festival as well as athletic events. When the games were revived in the modern era, so was the poetry. In fact, the 1912 games in Stockholm featured poetry, literature, painting, sculpture, and architecture. I gather that the poetry had to celebrate sports in some way or another…which led to some embarrassing results. For the Helsinki games in 1952, the various literary/artistic prizes were quietly dropped and they’ve not been seen since. It seems to me that we should bring them back — why not celebrate all forms of human endeavor, not just athletics? To read more about poetry at the Olympics, click here or here.

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