Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Poetic Obituaries: The anger of his early poetry came from

his experiences of the Normandy landings, and the intense fighting in Belgium and the Netherlands that followed. Although he was committed to that war against Fascism, he would write of later campaigns: "And grave by grave we civilise the ground."

By the Sixties, he had commuters in his sights, along with the rich and the slightly less rich: "There's no way out./You were born to waste your life./You were born to this middle class life."

from The Telegraph: Louis Simpson


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