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Poetry Competition

Taking inspiration from Leonardo da Vinci's drawings of the foetus (RCIN 919101) and the foetus in the womb (RCIN 919102), the Poetry Society launched a competition asking writers to submit poetic interpretations of Leonardo's work.

The judge of the competition, Clive Wilmer, wrote of the entrants:

'Most of the poets were either appalled or fascinated by the creative mind the drawings suggest: the emotional detachment needed, the precision of hand and eye, the reverence for life.'

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