THE book that launched a thousand Leaving Cert meltdowns is making a comeback.
For anybody who sat the Leaving Cert between 1969 and 2000, the tattered tome often elicited strong emotions, and it wasn’t from the poetry. It is one of the few textbooks in Ireland that has achieved a legendary status. Let's face it: anybody who had to study it remembers Soundings.
First published as a hastily arranged, interim anthology, Soundings stayed on the English Leaving Cert curriculum for a remarkable 31 years. Just how old-fashioned it was is illustrated in the fact that when it was published, it contained only one living poet and just one female poet.
In this event, audience members will get a chance to recite from the old, familiar favourites.