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January 15, 2021


This post brought back the delight I experienced when I first read this poem (1986, I think).

Thank you!

Ah the schadenfreude of poets! None like it. Thanks for the reminder.

If Trump had been a poet instead of a financial charlatan, this would be what he would have written. It's brilliant and petty, a cut-glass fake diamond. Ms. Ashton is right.

Thanks for your comment, Sally. The satire is perfect, isn't it? There is so much resentment and competitive envy among poets that it makes you wonder. Luckily there's always a Shax sonnet to brighten up one's day.

A masterpiece. Clive James, with his unmistakable Australian sensibility and unique individual old voice nails the deeply-felt but rarely admitted competitiveness of the writer's profession. Many scribblers reading this poem will sleep better tonight. (He could have added a line about the enemy of my enemy being - surely not???)

Caroline Seebohm

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