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RSC Poetry Reading today

Barbican Music Library, London EC2

Members of the RSC will this afternoon read poems by Gerard Manley Hopkins, a 19th-century poet with 20th-century stylistic sensibilities, who also embraced the rhythmical licence of Old English and the religious energy of the 17th-century poets such as George Herbert. A fine chance to hear Hopkins's "sprung rhythm" metered out by the professionals.

Barbican Music Library, Silk Street, London EC2 (0171-638 8891) today, 4.30pm, free

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