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    My tutor for this period of literature wrote a rather flamboyant book about Pope. I remember it made this stuff seem quite mind-blowing: look, it's only 40 on Amazon!

    He was a clever but camp fellow with a beard. When we had a seminar on George Etheridge's The Man of Mode, he insisted that we read out large chunks of the play like some kind of Am Dram company, very firmly taking the part of Sir Fopling Flutter
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    Why don't you do the Bhagavad-Gita?

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    There's very little poetry I like. I'm not an omniverous 'fan of poetry' i think 99% of it is pointless fiddling.

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    List the poets you like

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    That is how I feel, as well. I once wrote a manifesto about how pointless poetry is and how everybody should just go and read The Cantos, Pierre Guyotat and Beckett's short prose (quite a militant position, I admit). I was totally amazed by all the tributes that poured out after the death of Les Murray this week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Corpsey View Post
    List the poets you like
    Yeah, go on Luke. Your top 10 poets.

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    Les Murray, right, RIP cobber, but you can't read that stuff

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    Quote Originally Posted by craner View Post
    Yeah, go on Luke. Your top 10 poets.
    In no order

    Whitman
    Rimbaud
    Pound
    Eliot
    Blake
    Rilke
    Prynne
    Hopkins
    Last edited by luka; 03-05-2019 at 09:15 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by luka View Post
    In no order

    Whitman
    Rimbaud
    Pound
    Eliot
    Blake
    Rilke
    Prynne
    Hopkins
    Lovely curve on this!

    No Yeats, no Donne

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    Donne is too hard. Yeats is too ridiculous. Granted they are both good. I can see that.

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    I wanted to be quite strict and keep it to things that have really meant something to me and that I still read and engage with. I might have forgotten one or two things. I thought it would take the piss to say Shakespeare.

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    Then there's things I've enjoyed to one degree or another but haven't changed me or my writing in any appreciable way, stuff like Charles Olson (although his projective verse essay I found energising and useful) David Jones, Holderlin, Sylvia Plath (Craner I think disapproves but it was important to me early on along with Rilke as a pure intensity) Frank o Hara, this, that and the other. I think the first two volumes of the poems for the millenium anthologies are brilliant too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by luka View Post
    In no order

    Whitman
    Rimbaud
    Pound
    Eliot
    Blake
    Rilke
    Prynne
    Hopkins
    What, no Pete Doherty or Damon Albarn?

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