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Why is modern poetry difficult?

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Geoff Ward tries to get to the source of the discomfort that many readers experience in their encounters with modern poetry. He asks whether schools are to blame for instilling a fear of poetry, or whether poetry itself has taken any wrong turnings following the innovations of T S Eliot, the Surrealists, and others. In this critical but also autobiographical account, he takes us on a journey at whose end the difficulty of poetry is shown to be not so much a mountain to climb, as a pleasure to be enjoyed.


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