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An excerpt from an article in The Week about poets involved in Poetry Parnassus running alongside the Olympics.

Stars of the festival line-up include two Nobel laureates, Ireland’s Seamus Heaney and the Nigerian Wole Soyinka. Heaney has been called “the greatest poet of our age” by a number of academics and critics. Soyinka, who has been arrested several times and imprisoned twice for his human rights stance, writes largely about what he describes as “the oppressive boot and the irrelevance of the colour of the foot that wears it”.

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