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The Death Of The Arts - A Poem

06/09/2016 14:30 BST | Updated 05/09/2017 10:12 BST

It's an unusual thing,

One you'll rarely see,

An article written in poetry.

The reason being,

And I must make this clear,

Is the death of poetry, which I greatly fear.

But not just the poetry,

It's the music and stories

It's all arts that are suffering at the hands of the Tories.

From the first little steps

Into my education,

I was taught all the basics, but also vocations.

I was taught how to write

And taught how to spell

But also to paint, draw, dance and sing as well.

As I grew this continued,

Dichotomous harmonics,

I would sing then learn sums,

I would dance then learn phonics.

It was this dual learning,

This enriching style of school,

That led me to pursue my dreams,

To join a drama class after school.

From then on in my heart was set,

I felt that theatre was in my bones,

It must have done me a little good,

After all, I am in Game of Thrones.

But the point that I'm making

Is that in schools today,

These enriching, 'non-core' lessons

Are being taken away.

And even for those

Who still find the passion,

They will struggle to get it

If money is rationed.

Any drama school training,

Which is valuable to a career,

Will cost more than university

With less subsidies each year.

The only real solution I see,

To get the talented souring,

Is to vote for a pro-arts Prime Minister

Such as Caroline Lucas or Jeremy Corbyn.

So please, please, please,

If you're artsy at all

Or if your inner musician

Couldn't flourish at school,

If you know of a child

Or a fully grown fellow

Who's inspired by paintbrushes

Or in love with the cello,

If you have any passions

Or can be empathetic

Please raise up your voice

Stop this anti-arts epidemic,

As the Tories try to shift

The arts to only the elite,

Tell them no, lower tuition prices

Give the working class a seat.

Thank You.