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comment Are there any famous English poems that every British-raised or American-raised person knows?
@PeterShor Let me put it this way: suppose a group of people whose mother tongue is English get together. We don't know where they come from, what their education backgrounds are, or how old they are. Then one person opens a conversation with such a poem that the majority of the people there have varying degrees of knowledge about it. They don't have to be able to recite part of the poem. It's enough that each one of them shares some knowledge about the poem. To me, such a poem can be regarded as a cultural identifier.
Nov
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comment Are there any famous English poems that every British-raised or American-raised person knows?
@Mari-LouA You don't have to be able to recite it by heart. It's enough that you are aware the poem exists and people in the English speaking world can recognize it. It shouldn't be restricted to one certain country, but it should be universally recognized in the English speaking world. For the Chinese poem I cited in the question, you don't need to be born in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore or Malaysia to be familiar with it.
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