The Corner

Re: Laureate Wars

Grrrrrr. Having produced an actual CD of American poetry, I don’t take kindly to being

told that I have neglected it. And I’ll trade your wretched, dull and

pretentious, T.S. Eliot (who became a subject of the Crown) for W.H. Auden

(who became American bu naturalization, AND who was a far superior poet).

The United States has produced two poets of the first rank: Poe and

Longfellow. It has produced at least twenty really, really good poets. I

don’t need to be told.

And then, if you go back to the third, fourth, fifth, rank, and keep going,

you will eventually encounter Ted Kooser.

John Derbyshire — Mr. Derbyshire is a former contributing editor of National Review.

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