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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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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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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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