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GUEST,Mike TS Eliot named the nation's favourite poet (34) RE: TS Eliot named the nation's favourite poet 12 Oct 09

The results of this poll certainly show (at least to me) the utter rubbish that is being produced by the so-called Modern Poets of today. I know quite a few 'unpulished' poets who write some great works and like myself believe poetry went downhill after Betjeman.

I have been to a number of Poetry Readings and heard such utter drivel being read our and called poetry. For the most part the over-used word 'poetic' should be replaced by the under-used word 'pathetic.'

It was a great pleasure to me when, at the end of one particular reading, I was told by the organiser how great were the poems I had read but how could I write in the 'old rhyming style' - wasn't this rather difficult. My answer to that was that I would find writing such rubbish as I had heard presented that day and seen written by Carol Duffy, Simon Armitage and others of that ilk more difficult and I would equally find it too embarrassing to pen my name to such works.

Still that is only my opinion and others are free to differ

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