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How personal should poems get?

It’s a sort of spectrum. At one end – the safe end – there’s persona (Robert Browning – ‘My Last Duchess’).

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Marcia Menter
Brilliant. The thing is, you can only write the poems you can write. So you'd better make them true. Viva vividness!
Sunday, 29 May 2016 13:39
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SHUTTING THE READER OUT

There are poems that won’t let me in. Not enough room.

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WHY IT’S SO HARD TO SLEEP IN THESE DAYS . . .

The “first fine careless rapture” is startlingly loud just now. And it’s not the first.

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Elizabeth Barrett
Nell thank you for your confession. I also struggle to identify and distinguish between bird song (and bird calls which are appare... Read More
Sunday, 01 June 2014 10:51
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FIXING BROKEN POEMS

'Un poème n'est jamais fini, seulement abandonné. A poem is never finished, only abandoned.' Paul Valéry

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WHY POETS NEED MORE BOUNCE

Whose bicentenary was on 7th May this very year?

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