From: "Kari Foster" <[log in to unmask]>
> I shall be very interested in what you have to say about
> versification ~ do please be more talkative, about why there hasn't been
> poetry in English since the 30s that really rings your formalist number(s)
> for instance...
You phrased that as if you knew me. It's a good question. I think I'll
have to take a long, hard look at myself and try to come up with an
answer to that one.
Perhaps also my new friends on poetryetc will help me to open up my
horizons and discover all sorts of other things I like.
Well ... If we start from MacSpawndu, the obvious first-case is William
Did someone mention Philip Larkin? <g>
Leaving aside the Scots, there's A.D.Hope ...
An', oh lor', Dana Gioia and the American Neoformalists.
But -- sorry Kari -- strict formalist verse is a dead tree after the
thirties. Pace John Crowe Ransom. Auden tried to preserve it, but it didn't
[Welcome back, Martin -- I'd have been more effusive if I was (a) sure it
was you -- where did you pick that middle "John" ? and (b) ... obviously,
mibee accolades from a Dead Highlander ...