On becoming a poet


Interesting account of how a longstanding literary critic (aka hack) could suddenly begin to write high-level poetry.  Key was Thomas’ involvement with a group of poets working alongside one another, especially Robert Frost.  The story is embedded in the wider account of Thomas’ life – a difficult man who had a difficult life, not noticeably improved by high art.


The biography fulfilled an important part of any such work:  it made me want to read more of the poems.  But my personal sympathies were with Mrs. Thomas.


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