Jeremy Noel–Tod

To Swell a Progress

On Poetry

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Beyond the Lyric: A Map of Contemporary British Poetry

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Poetry is a violently opinionated business. The closest I have come to a civil war was – quite seriously – a conference on versification. Poetry lovers, however, tend to be polite people who express their feelings in convoluted ways. Hence, perhaps, their love of poetry, but also the incoherent quality of much poetry criticism.

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