Monday, October 29, 2007

Poetic nation ...

... Bryan Apleyard on Poetry and the English Imagination. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

This is a splendid piece. I think Bryan is right about Hughes and Larkin: "Ted Hughes seldom works for me and Philip Larkin is superbly second rank." But there's also R.S. Thomas and Elizabeth Jennings, whom I think are better than either Larkin or Hughes. Bryan's ear for and understanding of American poets simply amazes me.

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