Image: Aphrodite© Ancient Origins
‘A Leisure Centre Is Also a Temple of Learning’ by Sue Boyle explores the ideas of the youth of women and how they the female form changes with ages and the challenges this brings. It is descriptive and has a lot of dream/mythological imagery that aids the picture of this beautiful woman. It uses the contrast of the modern setting of a leisure centre and this shows how outer beauty does not last forever, it is superficial perhaps. The title of the poem encapsulates the lively dynamic of tying together the secular and religious, the modern and the ancient, by describing a leisure centre as a ‘temple’ which is unusual and instantly intriguing.