Texting is the future of modern poetry, says laureate

London: Defending the use of text messages by young people, a poet laureate has claimed that texting is the future of modern poetry.

Carol Ann Duffy claimed the language of ‘txt spk’ lent itself to a new generation of young bards.

“The poem is a form of texting. It’s the original text,” the Daily Mail quoted the 55-year-old poet as saying.

“It’s a perfecting of a feeling in language. It’s a way of saying more with less, just as texting is.

“We’ve got to realise that the Facebook generation is the future, and, oddly enough, poetry is the perfect form for them. It’s a kind of time capsule – it allows feelings and ideas to travel big distances in a very condensed form.

“The poem is the literary form of the 21st century,” she added.

Duffy became the first female laureate in the royal post’s 341-year history when she succeeded Andrew Motion in 2009 for a ten-year stint paying 5,000 pounds a year.


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