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The Whitsun wedding video: a journey into British poetry (2015)

by Jeremy Noel-Tod

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The best contemporary poetry can give us a feeling of excitement and a sense of fulfilment different from any sentiment aroused even by very much greater poetry of a past age.

T S Eliot
There are few things more disturbing than the realization that we are becoming a nation of minor poets.

P G Wodehouse
If you go to a football game you don't have to understand it in any way except the football way.

Gertrude Stein
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For Robert Potts and Graeme Richardson
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A hundred years after the publication of T S Eliot’s ‘The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock’ one of Britain’s brightest and sharpest poetry critics, Jeremy Noel-Tod, takes contemporary British poetry to task for its failure to match the ambition of the great modernists such as Eliot. This witty and incisive book ‘about how reputations have been made in modern British poetry and may be remade’ challenges received opinion about contemporary verse. ‘Rumours persist that excellent poetry is being written by poets who are not venerable names rehearsing old themes,’ the author reports in an essay certain to create controversy in the world of poetry.
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