Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Great Regulars: [Grahame] Davies is perhaps a religious poet,

but he evades "organised" religion. His speakers quietly wait and watch, keeping a "less-deceived" eye on what is, and letting the observations move as they will to epiphany or moral insight. It may be far-fetched to think a primarily Welsh writer could be influenced by Philip Larkin, but Larkin is the poet he most reminds me of: a writer not afraid of the big themes, but not pretentious about them, and not afraid of the ordinary, but alert to the measure of its significance.


from Carol Rumens: The Guardian: Poem of the week: Departed by Grahame Davies


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