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Buried treasures: grave goods to inspire Michael Rosen elegies

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Poet to write works inspired by mysterious objects – both grand and modest – found in ancient graves and kept at British Museum

Almost 2,000 years after a precious bronze mirror was buried at the hip of a woman in Dorset, the poet Michael Rosen stretched out his hand, protectively sheathed in a lurid purple plastic glove, to trace the delicate curves and swirls incised on its back.

“It’s quite hypnotic,” he said in wonder. “You feel that it has meaning, that it has stories, that it is not just a static object. What was it to her, and what did she see in it?”

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