Read More Shakespeare and Wordsworth – It Will Make You Smarter

Getting ready for Poetry Out Loud? Aim for something older and more difficult; your poem selection might be putting you on the fast-track to being a contestant on Jeopardy. In her recent article in the London Telegraph, Julie Henry explains how:

Scientists, psychologists and English academics at Liverpool University have found that reading the works of the Bard and other classical writers has a beneficial effect on the mind, catches the reader’s attention and triggers moments of self-reflection.

Using scanners, they monitored the brain activity of volunteers as they read works by William Shakespeare, William Wordsworth, T.S Eliot and others.

They then “translated” the texts into more “straightforward”, modern language and again monitored the readers’ brains as they read the words.

Scans showed that the more “challenging” prose and poetry set off far more electrical activity in the brain than the more pedestrian versions.

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