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Re: Poets
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.0479  Thursday, 1 March 2001

From:           David Evett <
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Date:           Tuesday, 27 Feb 2001 23:52:02 -0500
Subject: 12.0459 Re: Poets
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.0459 Re: Poets

I'm sure there are many people who teach and publish poems.  Of those I
know Herb Coursen leads the list--he's published several collections and
many individual poems in addition to his many books and articles on a
variety of Shakespearean topics.  I've enjoyed and admired poems by Alan
Powers, Tom Bishop, Arthur Freeman, and of course Ted Hughes, and
probably some other people I can't think of at the moment.  During the
time of my own professional apprenticeship, in the 60s and early 70s,
the ethos of English departments in America discouraged academic
scholars from actually making the kind of thing they studied--my mentors
tended to regard actual poets and novelists rather as physicists
regarded engineers. And no doubt that mindset deflected some of my
contemporaries from developing their poetic gifts.  But I'd like to
think that things are different now.

Dave Evett

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