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National Poetry Day 2014: a celebration in pottery, pizzas and popular memory


Cambridge University finds out which poems have embedded themselves in our memories, and the Guardian looks for verse that folks can recite by heart

Poets love their alliteration, but seldom can it have been applied in more imaginative pairings than in the events around this years National Poetry Day, on Thursday 2 October. The Museum of Liverpool is making ingenious use of the day to show off some of the archaeological treasures unearthed on the site of the museum. The pots on show in Poetry Pottery all, naturally, have verse inscribed on them. In Sussex, Poetry and Pizzas will offer a tasty incentive to roll up for an exploration of the role of landscape in memory, through poems and pictures brought along by participants in the event.

Both are reminders that the theme word of this years day is remember. To celebrate the theme, Cambridge University is launching a nationwide Poetry and Memory survey to discover which poems are most deeply engraved in popular memory. Video contributions have already been pouring in to the Guardians own mini survey of the poems people can recite by heart. Well run a selection of them on the books website on Thursday, so add your own now.

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