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Dealing with reviews… the Robert Graves way

I’ve been reading poetry by Robert Graves recently, an anthology bought on impulse because of his war poetry. I knew little about his other works. ‘Tilth’ stands out because of the inspiration, as follows:- From a review in a New York critical weekly: “Robert Graves, the British veteran, is no longer in the poetic swim. He still resorts to traditional metres and rhyme, and to such out-dated words as tilth; withholding his 100% approbation also from contemporary poems that favour sexual freedom.” ‘Tilth’ Gone are the drab monosyllabic days When ‘agricultural labour’ still was tilth; And ‘100% approbation’, praise; And ‘pornographic modernism’, filth – Yet still I stand by tilth and filth and praise. Now that is how to answer the critics with style! ‘Selected Poems’ by Robert Graves [Faber] Buy now And if you’d like to tweet a link to THIS post, here’s my suggested tweet: How to deal with reviews… the Robert Graves way #poetry via @SandraDanby
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