Over the years I have read a lot of poetry and bought a lot of poetry books. I’d like to share my ideas and feelings about them with other poetry readers.
I have collections of most of the classics – Shakespeare, Jonson, Pope, Dryden – and a fair sprinkling of the Romantics – Wordsworth, Coleridge and Keats – but my main love is modern poetry. I start my idea of modernism in poetry with Hardy and Tennyson, which is of course open to debate. But then I get onto poets that everyone agrees are modern – Eliot, Auden and a host of other poets of the nineteen twenties and thirties. To paraphrase Adrian Mitchell, some readers ignore modern poetry because modern poetry ignores them. I’d like to change that by looking closely at some of my favourite poems, and inviting comment. You’ll find me writing about the work of such poets as Douglas Dunn, Ted Hughes, Shamus Heaney, Phillip Larkin and John Ashbery.
As well as English, Australian and American poetry, I have a lot of European poetry, and even some from Asia, Africa and South America – all in translation of course. Some of these poets are really special and I’d like to make them better known.
And who am I? I’m a retired bloke who reads a lot of discussions about poetry, and has even tried his hand at writing it. But basically I just love reading it, and would very much enjoy discussing it with others with a similar interest.
Follow this link to read my posts or choose your favourite poet from the list at the bottom of this page.